Description of Innovation

Communities in rural and informal urban settlements in Kenya face significant barriers to accessing healthcare. Health providers and services are often located far from where people live and the available care can vary widely in quality because of a lack of health system capacity to monitor and assess provider­ quality.

 ARA’s M-Afya Kiosk Project provides quality primary care health services to underserved populations through easily accessible health kiosks developed in collaboration with local communities. Located within walking distance of target communities, the kiosks offer health supplies and diagnosis and treatment services from community health workers at a subsidized cost, through a model that incorporates co-ownership with community members. ARA’s health information management system allows tracking of quality-related metrics at each kiosk, such as services provided and patient outcomes. 

Started in late 2013, ARA’s community health kiosks have served more than 8,000 clients across Kenya through 12 M-Afya kiosks. ARA plans to increase their impact through telemedicine services and adding higher-level care providers to their network.