Since 2018 SWAP has been engaged in fund management for several projects in collaboration with Kisumu County for Health Department. It started with funding from CDC Foundation for the field testing of a device for child anthropometry. In 2019 SWAP became the Chair and Fund Manager for the 3rd National UHC Conference and for a project funded by Emory University on the effects of maternal ionized preventive therapy in pregnancy on infant outcomes. In 2020 SWAP received funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to manage a fellow ship award for research on fertility preferences and contraceptives as well as a project COVID-19 testing ANC Risk Stratification Tool for Decentralized Care. In 2020 another MOU was signed with KEMRI for Geographic Medicine Research at the Coast for a multisite study for COV-2 sero-surveillance project in Kisumu. In 2022 we signed an MOU with University Carolina at Chapel Hill for a randomized controlled trial to address unintended pregnancy rate in low resource setting.
SWAP has evolved to emerge a partner of choice in direct implementation and now fund management.
In September 2018, the National Foundation for Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Inc. (CDC Foundation) signed an Independent Contract Agreement with SWAP to manage funds on Field Testing of imaging device for child anthropometry. In collaboration with Kisumu County Department of Health, a trial in a CHAMPS Survey/surveillance site in Manyatta, Kisumu, to evaluate the Auto Anthro System in practice. The CDC/CDC Foundation project team trained teams of anthropometrics who collected data from 600 children (300 children aged 6 to 23 months and 300 children aged 24 to 59 months).
Kisumu County hosted the 3rd Kenya National Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Conference on 15th to 17th May 2019 themed “Revitalizing primary health care for sustainable universal health coverage. As member of the UHC Technical Working Group meeting, SWAP ‘s Technical Advisor was appointed Chair of the Conference and SWAP was approached by the Kisumu County Health Management Team led by the County Executive Committee member for Health to become fund manager. The conference was attended by over 800 participants who drew lessons from 4 Counties (Nyeri, Kisumu, Machakos and Isiolo) implementing the national government UHC pilot program. The funds were successfully managed and utilized.
In August 2019, SWAP signed a procurement and payment service with Emory University School of Medicine, Pediatrics Residency Program. SWAP managed the funds for data collection, translations services and interviews for a project titled “The Effects of Maternal Ionized Preventive Therapy in Pregnancy on Infant Outcomes.
SWAP signed an agreement in February 2020 as fund manager with International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Fellowship Award to Dr. Elizabeth Oele for research on “Fertility preferences and contraceptive use among women of reproductive age in an informal settlement, Kisumu. The 17 months study was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study is aimed at producing policy relevant evidence on the effects of family planning and fertility changes on urban welfare.
In August 2020, SWAP became fund manager for a project titled “COVID-19 Testing ANC Risk Stratification Tool for Decentralized Care”. The purpose of this research is to test the feasibility of differentiated ANC provisions through primary clinics and home care innovations in mitigating the disruption of ANC services due to COVID-19 pandemic in Kisumu County. This one year study was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In December 2020, SWAP signed TOR/MOU with KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research, Coast (KEMRI- CGMR,C) for the purpose of executing a population based SARS-CoV-2 sero-surveillance project in Kisumu. This is a 4 months multisite study in Nairobi, Kisumu and Kilifi commissioned by Kenyan Ministry of Health and led from KEMRI-CGMR,C.