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Senior Faculty Member at Strathmore University Business School Awarded Two Healthcare Grants

  Jan 22, 2021

Dr. Francis (Frank) Wafula, a Senior Faculty Member at the Institute of Healthcare Management at Strathmore University Business School was recently awarded two Grants geared towards improving healthcare access and quality in Africa. For both grants, Dr. Wafula will serve as the country lead for Kenya.

The first Grant was received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Grant titled; ‘Evaluation of the African Health Diagnostics Platform (AHDP) Public-Private Partnership in Kenya’ was awarded to Strathmore University Business School in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University.

The Africa Health Diagnostics Platform (AHDP) is a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The aim of AHDP is to significantly improve (in terms of access and quality) laboratory diagnostic services for low-income populations in sub-Saharan Africa and, thus, improved clinical decision making, treatment decisions, and quality of care. AHDP will increase access to high quality, cost-effective laboratory diagnostics in the public health sector (government-owned facilities and community health care) by enabling public-private partnerships (PPP) between governments and private sector laboratory and diagnostic companies.

Johns Hopkins University partnered with Strathmore University in a bid to evaluate the AHDP platform. The evaluation aims to systematically and objectively assess the performance of the AHDP and capture achievements, challenges, and best practices to inform future similar programming and effective private sector participation in health service delivery. The other countries involved in this project and evaluation are Ghana, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.

The sale of medicines online represents a major disruption for pharmacy markets across the globe. E-pharmacy has proliferated since the first online sales to consumers in the late 1990s. By 2018, the global online pharmacy market was said to be worth $49.7 billion and is expected to grow to $178 billion by 202. Kenya’s share of e-pharmacy has grown remarkably over the recent years, yet concerns persist over whether current regulatory arrangements suffice, and how they can be strengthened for higher impact.

It is against this backdrop that Strathmore University Business School partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and the George Institute of Global Health (India) to carry out a detailed study of the e-pharmacy markets across the two countries.

The Grant, titled, ‘Regulating e-pharmacy: challenges and opportunities for access and quality of healthcare in Kenya and India begins on 1st March 2021 and is funded by the UK Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust/ESRC/FCDO. This project aims to inform policy on how the regulation of e-pharmacy can be strengthened to allow expansion of access to safer, effective, and more affordable medicines.

From the Strathmore University side, the project is a partnership between the Institute of Healthcare Management at SBS and iLab Africa, thus bringing together a unique set of scientists with health systems and e-commerce experience. The Kenyan Ministry of Health along with other partners will be involved in the project.

About the SBS Institute of Healthcare Management

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing and constantly evolving industries in the world. The industry in Africa is also rapidly changing thus healthcare leaders must be able to understand and evaluate new dynamics such as health managed organizations, rapid advancement in the medical and information technology, increased competition, and growing demands for greater transparency from patients.

At the Strathmore University Business School, we offer a variety of healthcare management Programmes geared towards equipping healthcare managers and professionals with the skills they need to navigate this dynamic industry.

Learn more about our Executive Education Healthcare Management Programmes.



Article by Juliet Hinga 


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