Annual Report 2019

Karibu | Welcome!

Remarks by Board Chair and Executive Director

Karibu | Welcome!

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These days, not everyone has the time to sit and read 200 pages of text. Over the years, in spite of our suspicions, we have insisted on producing a glossy document, but this year we finally got the hint!

What people say about annual reports

Catherine Kyobutungi

Executive Director

"We have decided that we don’t want to tell you about everything we did this year, we would rather show you. This is our simple and (we hope) digestible way of letting you know what we’ve been up to. We thank you, our supporters and partners for walking with us in 2019 and hope that you enjoy seeing what we have achieved - together."

Tamara Fox

Board Chair

This year was an exciting one for the Center as we continued our trajectory of growth, gaining new expertise, solidifying our presence in the West African region, expanding the breadth of our projects, and deepening our relationships with partners. We have remained steadfast in our efforts to drive change with evidence led by a growing cadre of research leaders across sub- Saharan Africa.

Our work as a Center has never been more crucial than it is now, as we witness the first modern pandemic sweep across the globe. This pandemic has highlighted our shared humanity and the need for global solidarity. It has also shown the value of scientific evidence, the need to build stronger health and related systems, which would have been able to more successfully deal with and contain the outbreak. And it has also shown the importance of the essential health and development issues the Center has been addressing for years.


Here’s a quick overview of our achievements

Opened our West Africa Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal 

This fully fledged office will anchor our research, capacity strengthening and advocacy work in the West and Central Africa region.

Officially launched our residential training facility - ‘Ulwazi Place’

Ulwazi means knowledge in the South African isiZulu language, so we hope our new training facility will be a place where knowledge is sought, created and shared. 

Deepened our partnerships with regional bodies.

Getting research evidence into decision-making spaces has continued to be a major driver for the Center as we embarked on building relationships with regional parliamentary bodies in East, West and Southern Africa.

Started 28 new projects

Among the new projects is one that explores the landscape of Girls’ Education in Senegal. The project is funded by Echidna-Giving and will be the first new project to be run from the Center’s West Africa Regional Office.

Co-hosted the first sanitation conference in Kenya

The center partnered with the Nation Media Group and the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation in Kenya to host the first ever national sanitation conference attracting over 5000 participants.  At the conference, the Government of Kenya agreed to invest over Sh 80 billion in the next three years for rehabilitation and expansion of sewage infrastructure in the country.

Hosted our first ever cancer symposium

The center brought together medical practitioners, the private sector, government representatives and academia amid a backdrop of increasing rates of cancer incidence and deaths. The symposium served as a precursor for launching a multi stakeholder partnership for cancer prevention and control in Kenya.

APHRC at a glance

APHRC at a glance

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At APHRC, we  continue to be leaders in research and policy engagement on matters , population health and wellbeing in Africa.

We have remained steadfast in our commitment to drive the continent’s health and population  policy agenda backed by research evidence. However, to do so alone would be impossible, and so we have come to rely on one of our guiding principles; that of collaboration with partners to achieve our objectives.

That’s why in 2019 we celebrate the partnerships that have shaped our work. Partnerships that have set us on the path to impact, partnerships for mutual learning, for growth and for driving change.

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Partnering for Impact

Each partnership allows us to use evidence to foster dialogue, and achieve change across the continent. 

Partnering for Learning

To be an APHRC partner is not merely to receive data, but it is a symbiotic relationship with shared learning possibilities.

Partnering for Growth

Our expansion goes beyond the Center’s infrastructure, to engagements that are expected of a truly African institution.

Partnering for Change

At the heart of APHRC’s work is the belief that the true drivers of change are the communities we work with alongside our collaborators.

 Our publications in numbers

 Our staff members

 26% growth in 2019

Partnerships for Impact

Partnerships for Impact

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In November, the Kenyan capital Nairobi played host to a three-day summit to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). On the sidelines of the event, APHRC led a consortium of global advocacy and technical agencies  in convening over 300 young activists from 50 countries for a skill building workshop. We aimed to ground them in the ICPD agenda, and build the advocacy skills needed to accelerate the promise of achieving the targets in the agenda. Our impact was felt as we equipped the youth with the necessary skills to effectively  participate in  decision-making about their health and wellbeing.

In 2019, we also began to curve out a path as knowledge partners for the Southern Africa Development Community  (SADC) and East African Community (EAC). We contributed to  dialogue on new regional policies on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights providing insights into the barriers faced by young people and, sexual and gender minorities in their quest to access sexual reproductive health services. Through this process, we worked hand in hand to develop the SADC scorecard, and contributed to the guidance for the EAC- SRHR policy.

Evidence of our work is visible at the national, regional and
continental levels.  APHRC research was used to inform the African Union
common position on aging.

Harnessing the power of communities to become the true drivers of change was another way in which we embraced our ethos of collaboration. Through our first public engagement project, we hosted a ‘Food Festival’ that brought community organized groups from Nairobi’s slums and policy makers and actors together to stimulate dialogue on the right to food among urban poor as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution. Community members used the platform to advocate for their right to food with change agents from the local and national level.

"Since our Human Milk Bank launched this year, we have had 380 donors, and we have donated to 80 recipient babies who have benefited from the bank."

Faith Njeru, Nurse in-charge, Human Milk Bank, Pumwani.

Partnerships for Learning

Partnerships for Learning

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Through our Immunization Advocacy Initiative (IAI), we have weaved a pan-African web of advocates committed to universal access to immunization as a fundamental requirement for stronger, more resilient health systems and, by extension, societies.

This year, not only did we co-create a research agenda with these civil society networks, but with our support, they finally embarked on implementing their advocacy strategies to push for more domestic resources for immunization programs. 

As our flagship fellowship program, the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Training in Africa (CARTA) approaches its 10th anniversary, we embarked on a process  to document the program’s impact and learnings. This evaluation, complemented by empirical research, will be pivotal for the program as we evaluate its success and prepare for the next 10 years. Stay tuned for the results!

"My research project looks at how to improve the mental
wellbeing among university students through the development of an app. It’s an expensive venture that I would never have gone into without the support from CARTA."

Catherine M. Amulundu, Clinical Psychologist, CARTA Fellow.

Partnerships for Growth


Partnerships for Growth

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2019 was a year of monumental infrastructural growth for the Center. November marked a milestone for the institution as we launched the Ulwazi Place, our new residential training facility. However, our growth not only extended within Kenya, but beyond. We officially cemented our presence  in  West Africa, through a new regional office in Dakar, Senegal marking the culmination of our expansion efforts into the region after nearly two decades of research across the continent.

Through the Policy Engagement and Communications Division, we approached new terrain as we began to forge new partnerships with a growing network of media outlets, both local and international. From lending our expertise to discussion panels at the Kusi Ideas Festival alongside three African presidents, to Kenya’s first National Leadership Forum on Sanitation - we are expanding not only the Center’s areas of operations, but also the types of engagements that are expected from a truly African institution.

"In November, APHRC opened its doors to Ulwazi Place, our new residential training facility.  This marked a pivotal moment for the institution as it affirmed our conviction that improvements in research capacity will contribute to improvements in the health and socio-economic status of the African population through the utilization and application to policy of evidence-based recommendations."

Joseph Gichuru - Deputy Executive Director

Partnerships for Change

Partnerships for Change

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As part of our holistic approach to improving learning outcomes for the urban poor, we began expanding the scope of an initiative for adolescent girls to transition to secondary school,  to include boys for the first time. Though the project was initially targeted at young girls, engagements with community members, schools, and community-based organizations, pointed to the need for the inclusion of boys hence the shift to encompass both.

Harnessing the power of local media to amplify community voices on issues affecting them is another way we are achieving change. Within the Urbanization and Wellbeing unit, we partnered with Slum Information Development and Resource Centers (SIDAREC) and Slum TV to address priority issues in the communities through educative, informative and entertaining audiovisual content. We hosted regular open air and indoor screenings to raise awareness on the lives of slum dwellers and inspired dialogue on best sanitation and hygiene practices within communities.

"Although WHO recommends that the milk banks be set up, Kenya is just the second country, after South Africa, to establish a human milk bank in sub-Saharan Africa. We hope that human milk banking will be scaled up in Kenya and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, using the evidence we generate from our research."

Elizabeth Kimani-Murage - Head of Maternal and Child Wellbeing, APHRC

The Financial Report

The Financial Report

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So what’s an annual report
without figures?

To those that aren’t so great with numbers, here’s a quick breakdown.
We had a growth of income from $16,400,472 in 2018 to $18,560,531 in 2019 (that’s an increase of 13.2%)
Also, our expenditure grew from $15,176,393 in 2018, to $18,421,779 in 2019 (that’s an increase of 21.4%)
Not too shabby right? If you’re still interested in the nitty gritty, check out the details below.


Income in 2018

   a 13.2% increase in income

Income in 2019
Restricted Unrestricted 2019 2018
Grant Income $14,264,182
Other Income
- $1,012,067
Total Income


Expenditure in 2018

  a 21.4% increase in expenditure

Sources of expenditure Restricted Unrestricted 2019 2018
Direct Programme expenses
Administration & support costs
- $3,149,305
Total Expenditure
Restricted Unrestricted Total 2019 Total 2018
Net operating income
Finance income
- $176,785
Total surplus
- $$138,752
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
Restricted Unrestricted Total 2019 Total 2018
Total comprehensive income
- $138,752


Assets 2018
Non current assets
2019 2018
Property and equipment
Intangible assets
Total non current assets
Current assets
2019 2018
Cash and bank balances
Debtors and deposits
Grant receivable
Total current assets
Total assets

Fund Balances and Liabilities

2019 2018
Fund Balances $14,394,430
Non - current liabilities
2019 2018
Development Bank Loan $1,250,000
Current liabilities
2019 2018
Deferred grants
Creditors and accruals
Total Liabilities
Total Fund Balances and Liabilities
2019 2018


Funders and Partners

Funders and Partners

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In 2019, the Center achieved great success and scaled new heights,

in growth, learning, driving change and achieving impact.

None of our achievements would have been possible without partnership.

To our funders and partners, we say thank you - for your continued support and belief in our vision of transforming lives in Africa. We look forward to more wins in future - together.

Our Funders
- African Academy of Sciences- DELTAS Africa
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- The British Academy
- The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)- Canadian Network of Maternal and Child Health
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-PEPFAR)
- Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
- Comic Relief
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Echidna Giving- Schwab Charitable Trust
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Elma Philanthropies
- Ford Foundation
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- Grand Challenges Canada
- Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS)
- International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
- Mastercard Foundation
- Medical Research Council-UK
- National Human Genome Research Institute
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Pivotal Ventures- Melinda Gates
- The Royal Society
- Sanofi Espoir Foundation
- Stichting Benevolentia- Porticus
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
- SIDA- Leading Integrated Research in Africa (LIRA)
- Swedish Research Council
- The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
- UK Department for International Development (DFID)
- UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
- UK Government- County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF)
- UK (MRC-DFID) Africa Research Excellence Fund
- United States Agency for International Development
- Uppsala Monitoring Centre
- Wellcome Trust
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Our Partners
- Academy for Health Development (AHEAD), Nigeria
- African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Kenya
- Ardhi University, Tanzania
- The Aga Khan University, Kenya
- Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa
- Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development (AIGHD)
- Brown University, USA
- Canadian Coalition for Global Health
- Centre du Recherche en Santer de Nouna (CSRSN), Burkina Faso
- Community Health Center Busabala, Uganda
- Community Health Partners, Kenya
- Coventry University, UK
- The Conversation Africa, Kenya
- Drexel University, USA
- East, Central and Southern African Health Community, Tanzania
- Ebony State University, Nigeria
- Elimu Yetu Coalition, Kenya
- Episcopal Relief and Development, USA
- ESE: O – Escritura Para Liderar, Chile
- FENOS-CI, Ivory Coast
- Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)- Senegal
- Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health
- The Ghana Health Service
- The Guttmacher Institute (GI), USA
- Health NGOs Network (HENNET), Kenya
- Hope for Future Generations, Ghana
- The Horn of Africa Environment Network (HOAREC), Ethiopia
- Humanist Organisation for Development Cooperation (Hivos), Netherlands
- ICAP at Columbia University, USA
- I-Day Uganda
- Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
- Independent University Bangladesh
- Institute of Occupational Medicine, Shack/Slum Dwellers International, Kenya
- Institute for Public Finance, Kenya
- Institut Superieur des Sciences de la Population, Burkina Faso
- International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), USA
- International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya
- International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), USA
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
- International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), UK
- International Rescue Committee (IRC), USA
- International Science Council, France
- Inter-university Council for East Africa, Uganda
- Ipas, USA
- Jimma University, Ethiopia
- Johns Hopkins University, USA
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
- KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program, Kenya
- Kenya Paediatric Research Consortium
- Kidogo Innovations, Kenya
- King’s College London, UK
- Lancaster University, UK
- Langata Hospital, Kenya
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK
- Loughborough University, UK
- Lund University, Sweden
- LVCT Health, Kenya
- Makerere University, Uganda
- Marie Stopes Kenya (MSK)
- Maxwell Stamp Limited, Bangladesh
- Mbagathi Hospital, Kenya
- McGill University, Canada
- Melchizedek Hospital, Kenya
- Ministry of Education, Kenya
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya
- Ministry of Health, Kenya
- Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Kenya
- Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Kenya
- Miss Koch, Kenya
- Moi University, Kenya
- Mum, Baby and Love, Kenya
- The National Academy of Sciences, USA
- National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, France
- Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), Kenya
- Newcastle University, UK
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
- Ohio State University, USA
- Palladium, Australia
- Partners in Population and Development, Uganda
- Pathfinder International, USA
- PharmAccess International, Netherlands
- PharmAccess, Kenya
- Preventive Health Care and Epidemiology Consultancy (PHCEC), Kenya
- Population Council, USA
- Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Kenya
- RTI International, USA
- Send, Ghana
- Sisters Maternity Hospital (SIMAHO), Kenya
- Slum TV, Kenya
- Slumchild Foundation, Kenya
- Slums Information Development and Resource Centers (SIDAREC), Kenya
- Social Science Research Council (SSRC), USA
- St. John’s Hospital Githurai, Kenya
- Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Sweden
- The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
- TenMet, Tanzania
- Triggerise, Kenya
- Umea University, Sweden
- UNAIDS, Switzerland
- UNFPA ESARO, South Africa
- UN-Habitat, Kenya
- UNHCR, Switzerland
- United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Ethiopia
- United Nations University, Japan
- University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- University of California, Berkeley, USA
- University of Cape Town, South Africa
- University of Chile
- University College London (UCL), UK
- University of Ghana
- University of Glasgow, Scotland
- University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria
- University of Keele, UK
- University of Liverpool, UK
- University of Maastricht (MGSoG), Netherlands
- University of Malawi
- University of Manitoba, Canada
- University of Nairobi, Kenya
- University of Ouagadougoum, Burkina Faso
- University of Oxford, UK
- University of Portsmouth, UK
- University of Queensland, Australia
- University Research Co. (URC), USA
- University of Rwanda
- University of Sheffield, UK
- University of Stirling, UK
- University of Utrecht, Netherlands
- University of Warwick, UK
- University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- University of York, UK
- U-Tena Youth Group, Kenya
- Val Partners Limited, Kenya
- WaterAid, UK
- Well Told Story, Kenya
- Wits Health Consortium, South Africa
- WHO Human Reproduction Programme, Switzerland
- WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease (TDR), Switzerland