AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus IMARISHA (Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach) is a five-year activity designed to sustainably improve the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya by delivering integrated health services and household and community economic strengthening interventions. The activity works to strengthen Government of Kenya systems and engage local communities through local implementing partners and cultural leaders to spearhead the adoption of healthy behaviors and the dismantling of retrogressive cultural practices.
APHIAplus IMARISHA provides technical assistance to improve the service delivery of health facilities and increase the demand for those services. It also helps Kenyan’s northern arid lands populations by enhancing access to income generating and economic strengthening activities, and by improving nutrition, food security and access to safe water and sanitation. It provides technical expertise to improve fodder production and storage, and it provides technical support to community animal health workers and input suppliers from the private sector. It also helps develop small-scale irrigation systems to grow nutritious vegetables for household consumption and income generation. Through trainings and capacity building activities, the program encourages more women to participate in livestock keeping and other household economic strengthening pursuits such as food preservation, beekeeping, and poultry and goat keeping. All APHIAplus interventions are designed to improve community health.