NRHS has been one of the foremost providers of comprehensive VMMC services since the onset of the national scale-up of VMMC that started in 2008
Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) currently has five active programs with the purpose of promoting reproductive health.
Nyanza Reproductive Health Society has got several research studies underway and forthcoming.
NRHS has an extensive infrastructure to support its programs and studies. You can access our Annual Reports, Publications, and Tenders.
NRHS implements its mission through a combination of approaches including: research, training, policy advocacy, programming and partnerships. This section describes in detail how NRHS applies each of these approaches in achieving its mission.
Research: Health research is one of NRHS’ core competencies. NRHS specializes in reproductive
health and HIV/STI prevention and treatment research. NRHS is the pioneer male circumcision
research organization in Kenya and has completed several high-profile researches over the years
most of which have not only been published in international scientific journals but have also
informed the development of policies and programmes at national, regional and international levels.
Training: NRHS acknowledges a continuous need for capacity building in issues of reproductive
health in Africa. To this end, NRHS offers medical-related trainings to many stakeholders including government health care professionals, community health extension workers and individual reproductive health professionals. The trainings complement NRHS research activities and are aimed to equip targeted participants with the required knowledge and skills in various medical fields. The trainings are also a quality assurance and improvement measure to the research and programmatic activities of NRHS.
CAUSES WE COVER
NRHS has an extensive record of working closely with the National and County Ministries of Health and the National AIDS and STI Control Program. It has been a leader of the scale-up of VMMC in Kenya, providing technical assistance to the Ministries of Health and the National AIDS and STI Control Program and other governmental bodies in a bid to translate research into policies. NRHS has been the lead institution for several studies related to HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health with funding from diverse agencies including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the Population Council, the UHAI Foundation, and John Snow International.
This project is funded by NIH to Dr. Surpiya Mehta (PI) at University of Illinois at Chicago with a sub-contract to NRHS. Among 440 schoolgirls
NRHS has been one of the foremost providers of comprehensive VMMC services since the onset of the national scale-up of VMMC that started in 2008.
Working with Key Population
This project was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control directly to NRHS. Dr. Fredrick Otieno was the P.I. There was additional funding from UKAID through
Where We Work
Over the past 18 years NRHS has mainly implemented its programmes and research in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisii, Busia and Kakamega with additional outreach in areas such as Nairobi, Kilifi, Turkana counties. In this strategic plan, NRHS plans to focus primarily on seven counties in Nyanza and Western regions. These include: Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisii, Siaya, and Kakamega counties. While these are NRHS's primary focus areas, emerging opportunities in other regions nationally and internationally will be considered.
The Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) is registered under the Kenyan Societies Act and was initiated when the UNIM (Universities of Nairobi, Illinois and Manitoba) randomized controlled trial of male circumcision for reduction of HIV incidence began.
NRHS is active in conducting research in reproductive health and HIV prevention and is also active in the implementation of HIV intervention services in Kenya. NRHS has a strong track record and experience in research and in translating research into practice.
Our Core Values
NRHS builds trust and ownership by communities on its research and programmes. NRHS involves
communities to identify and prioritize their needs, and to design, implement, evaluate
NRHS exists to promote health and quality of life where vulnerable individuals and communities in Kenya through research, evidence-based programming, capacity building, advocacy, and education.
OUR CORE VALUES
- Community participation
- NRHS builds trust and ownership by communities on its research and programs.
NRHS hosts Masters in Public Health (MPH) students from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Each was placed in different projects and fulfilled their field practicum for their degree while also assisting our staff. They used their experience and data that they collected as the basis for their capstone before graduating from UIC. Also NRHS hosted a number of interns from colleges and universities throughout Kenya. These included an intern in our laboratory, two interns in our Human Resources Department, two interns in our Finance Department, one in our Procurement and Stores Departments.
Alexander Kimbrough is an Epidemiology Master’s candidate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is in Kisumu, Kenya, working in Anza Mapema’s Recruitment and Retention Office as part of his practicum. While there, Alexander is working with the department to track and analyze recruitment and retention efforts and create a more efficient database to track peer educator activities.
I am a second year MPH student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Epidemiology and Global Health. I will be working at the UNIM Clinic with NRHS for two months this summer. During my time here, I will be supporting the CaCHe study, which is investigating the impact of menstrual cups on the vaginal microbiome in school age girls.
I am a second-year MPH/MBA student at University of Illinois at Chicago, concentrating in Epidemiology, Global Health, and Business Analytics. During my 2-month field practicum in Kisumu, I am working at NRHS’s UNIM clinic on the Partners in Reproductive Health (PIRH) project, focusing on antimicrobial strains of gonorrhea in clinic patients. I will primarily be working on data management as well as providing support in other areas of the clinic.
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