Time:  12:30-14:00

Venue: Main meeting room, 3rd floor, CMI, Jekteviksbakken 31

Dr. Thomas Nzioki Kibua:

AMREF: Nurturing and Delivering Better Health for Africa

AMREF is an International health development organization based in Africa. It has 12 offices in Europe and North America. AMREF Vision is “Better Health for Africa” and its Mission is “Improving health and health care in Africa------by ensuring that every African can enjoy the right to good health by helping to create vibrant networks of informed and empowered communities and health care providers working together in strong health systems”.

The presentation will highlight what AMREF does, the organisational structure, priority intervention areas, geographical coverage and approaches. It will also give a synopsis of AMREF projects’ profile by country programme. In addition, it will outline AMREF’s research agenda specifically the knowledge gap framework which is the basis of AMREF‘s research, strategic research objectives, research programme goals and objectives, broad research themes and research methodology.  It will conclude by identifying areas/ways of research collaboration where the North and South can have mutual benefit in carrying out research in health and development in order to document evidence of what works and what does not work for African communities.

Dr. Thomas Nzioki Kibua is the Director of Health Policy and Systems Research at the African Medical and Research Foundation (since April 2008).  He is also the Chairman of Egerton University Council (the fourth largest public University in Kenya). Previously, he served for five years (2003-2008) as the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), a non-governmental think –tank specialising in policy analysis and research.

 Kibua has Masters Degrees from the University of Nairobi and Yale University (USA) and a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He has extensive hands-on experience in the management of macro-economic affairs in addition to many years of university teaching, supervision and examination of dissertations (at both under and post-graduate levels). Dr. Kibua has wide experience in consultancy on development and macroeconomic management issues.

 Kibua was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya for the statutory period of  eight years, served as Advisor to the President of East and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank. He also worked on long Term Technical Assistance Programme as Economic Advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Health (health care financing). His areas of specialisation include development economics (macroeconomic management, infrastructural and social sector development), public finance management, health care financing issues, economic demography and quantitative methods. Dr. Kibua has an extensive publication record on development issues.