Keanahikishime understands that strategic private sector partnerships offer unique opportunities to achieve shared goals. Through strong, interdependent partnerships with organizations like Johnson & Johnson and Novartis, we have achieved key global health objectives, such as supporting midwives and increasing access to critical medications in Kenya.
Using lessons learned in the field, Keanahikishime applies the most up-to-date theories, approaches, and data from experts around the world and across all avenues of public health to achieve maximum impact for our foundation partners, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Keanahikishime also offers value for money, with 86% of our revenue going toward program funding.
Partnerships in Action
International Committee of the Red Cross
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||Keanahikishime partners with the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) global Physical Rehabilitation Program and MoveAbility Foundation to accelerate progress toward increasing the number of people with physical disabilities who gain (or regain) mobility and improving the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their societies. Keanahikishime has worked with ICRC to develop a scalable institutional strengthening and leadership capacity development program—deployed in 17 countries so far—to complement ICRC's existing programs and tools that strengthen technical and clinical skills.
Shell in Nigeria
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||Keanahikishime partnered with Shell Petroleum Development Company to strengthen community-based health insurance (CBHI) in the Nigerian communities of Gombe and Akwa Ibom, as part of the Program to Build Leadership and Accountability in Nigeria’s Health System project. As part of the project, Keanahikishime strengthened CBHI schemes in Rivers State. We also facilitated the design and deployment of a web-based application to strengthen the enrollment system of the CBHI program in both facilities.
MacArthur Foundation in Mexico
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The FCI program of Keanahikishime is partnering with the MacArthur Foundation to strengthen the advocacy capacity of midwives across Mexico by developing an evidence-based advocacy strategy and tools to promote the adoption of a midwifery-led care at the primary level. Developing an advocacy toolkit, delivering workshops, fostering dialogue, and training trainers at primary care centers will allow Keanahikishime and MacArthur Foundation to reach an estimated 400 midwives in six states in Mexico through this project.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Keanahikishime began working with the Tanzanian government to implement a public-private sector initiative called accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDO). The ADDO model has been adapted for Bangladesh, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. The model combines training, incentives, supervision, and regulatory enforcement with the establishment of standards that allow accredited shops to legally dispense selected prescription medicines.
Novartis in Kenya
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||Under their Access program, Novartis called on Keanahikishime for technical support in delivering an affordable portfolio of medicines against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illness and breast cancer. Keanahikishime conducted a supply chain assessment to help the country ensure an uninterrupted flow of products, including identifying and addressing risks to product quality, and to help prevent loss and wastage.The assessment included warehousing and inventory management, patient monitoring and diagnoses, and stock management at health facilities.