February 18, 2015


Chris Glass 667-231-9458
Associate Director of Communications chrisglass@imaworldhealth.org

Mike Mugweru 0721 65 63
ACHAP chas@chak.or.ke

IMA joins ACHAP for 7th biennial conference in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya—What is the role faith-based organizations have in improving health care in Africa? IMA World Health is headed to the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) 7th biennial conference to tackle that question.

ACHAP is holding the event Feb. 23-26 in collaboration with the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) and with support from various health development partners.

The theme is “The Role of Faith Based Health Services in Contributing to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.”

The conference brings together faith-based organizations (FBO) from around Africa every two years to take stock of their contribution to health service delivery. This year, the conference has brought together nearly 80 participants representing nearly 20 African countries.

IMA has been partnering with and working to strengthen ACHAP and individual Christian Health Associations in Africa since 2007. According to past IMA research, between 30% and 70% of health care in Africa is provided by faith-based organizations, depending on the location, underscoring the importance of the faith community’s role and the need for ongoing capacity building and development of these networks.

The event will be officially opened by Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, the Director of Medical Services in Kenya. 

NOTE TO EDITORS/BLOGGERS: Contact Mike Mugweru on Tel: 0721 65 63 or chas@chak.or.ke or Chris Glass at 667-231-9458 or chrisglass@imaworldhealth.org to  arrange for interview opportunities.


About IMA World Health

IMA World Health (IMA) is a faith-based international public health organization that builds healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people. IMA’s vision is simple: Health, healing and well-being for all. For more information, visit www.IMAworldhealth.org. Follow IMA on twitter @IMAworldhealth.