About Us

We are a non-profit organization working to improve health systems through innovative applications of technology, training and business models in Sub-Saharan Africa. We bring an insider’s perspective of what is ailing the health sector in this region and with the help of our partners and supporters from Africa and rest of the world, we are able to identify, design, and act on plans that improve access to quality healthcare.



The journey for the Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD) began in 2008 when Dr Bernard Olayo was overseeing the deployment of technology and services for newborn and under-5 in resource-constrained settings for GE Foundation’s programs in Africa. The idea though was born years earlier when Dr Bernard was doing his internship in Suba, a group of remote islands in Western Kenya.



The organization has a robust team of clinicians, public health specialists, and technicians who are supported by a Board comprising members from diverse fields. The leadership is supported by team of technical directors and managers who have over 50 years' combined experience in public health and development work. Some of them have worked with Dr Bernard even before CPHD was created, and their



CPHD was created to build local capacity to deal with Africa’s most persistent problems in healthcare. Its aim is to bring about transformative changes in the system and at the facility-level.


What we do

CPHD tackles neglected and difficult areas in the healthcare system through technology, training of health workers, and creation of local social businesses, with special focus on improving maternal and child healthcare. It supports provision of life-saving healthcare technologies to public health institutions in order to improve local capacity to meet the need



The favored models for its interventions are market-driven mechanisms, public-private partnerships and building educational-training infrastructure that integrates into national systems. CPHD’s approach is to incubate initiatives and social enterprises that address critical gaps and workforce development in health systems.



Partnerships are key to designing and implementing innovative solutions in public health. The CPHD leadership has built strong partnerships in diverse areas of the healthcare sector and at various levels.



CPHD is based in Kenya but its programs, including its social enterprises, serve facilities in several African countries. Currently, it work in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi. Its headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, and it has offices in Rwanda and Uganda.