Who we are

We innovate, replicate & implement

The African continent faces human resources for health (HRH) challenges including shortages, capacity and retention of health workers. Health workforce labour market projections show that there will be a significant shortage of over 6 million skilled health workers by 2030 in sub Saharan Africa! This challenge is what Amref Health Africa’s Institute of Capacity Development (ICD) seeks to address.

The Institute rolls out interventions to resolve Human Resources for Health (HRH) pain points including quantity, quality and skills shortages of health workers, inadequate budgets, mentorship, poor management and governance, miserable working environments and low comparable wages leading to brain drain.

At the core of our work is our communities. The Institute operates a unique model that leverages on strong partnerships with our communities, the public, private and development partners, world-leading innovative and creative solutions, extensive HRH experience and deep contextual knowledge to deliver outstanding sustainable interventions in HRH towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage in the region.

ICD Vision

A responsive health workforce in sub-Saharan Africa.

ICD Mission

Develop the capacities of individuals, institutions and health systems through innovative approaches for improved health service delivery.

ICD Core Values

Integrity: demonstrating high ethical standards in all our dealings.

Respect: deep admiration for quality, Ubuntu togetherness and indigenous knowledge and traditions.

Strategic Objectives

Increase the number and skills mix of mid and tertiary pre- and in-service levels and community-level health workers in the public and private health sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.

Strengthen leadership, management and governance capacities within health systems.

Improve human resources for health productivity.

Incubate health innovations for growth and scale.