"... and on the either side of the river was there the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruit, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."Revelation 22.2

Annual Health Conference

CHAK hosts an Annual Health Conference every year in the month of April. The conference is open for attendance by delegates from CHAK member health facilities as well as partners and stakeholders. The conference themes cover diverse topics in health systems strengthening, health service delivery, partnerships and health care financing. The conference forum creates a rich opportunity for networking, sharing best practices and innovations in health service delivery and systems strengthening in Church health facilities. It also serves as an avenue for dissemination of new health sector policies, clinical guidelines and CHAK strategy documents and performance reports. The conference also facilities engagement with the Ministry of Health on policy, partnership and technical issues.

A Medical Exhibition is hosted throughout the conference. CHAK Annual Health Conference programme is also spiced by moments of Christian fellowship, praise and worship as an added value for spiritual nourishment. The rich case studies, innovations in health systems strengthening and health sector developments presentations and plenary discussions are documented into an Annual Health Conference report which is accessible from CHAK website. Immediately following the Annual Health Conference, CHAK holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss strategy and policy matters and receive secretariat's programmatic and financial reports.

Conference registration

Participants should register for the conference by completing the AHC registration forms which should be submitted to CHAK Secretariat together with the conference registration fee by the stated deadline.

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Dates: May 2-4, 2017

Venue: All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Desmond Tutu Guest House & Conference Centre, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi

Conference Theme: Re-engineering Faith Based Health Services Business Model towards sustainable quality healthcare

Conference structure
  • Plenary sessions with expert presentations and panel group discussions
  • Breakaway workshop sessions
  • Exhibition sessions with posters, brochures and demonstrations
  • Faith Based Health Services Business Model; shifting from business-as-usual to new strategic business approaches
  • Re-defining strategic partnerships
  • Brand building and marketing; application in the Health Sector
  • Innovative Health Sector Business Models; lessons from the Private Sector
  • Competitive edge through continuos quality improvement
  • Harnessing Technology in Health
  • Human capital; re-engineering health workforce performance management
  • Lessons from the past, informing new strategic directions: CHAK Strategic Plan 2017-2022 launch
  • Conference Exhibitions – Services, Tools, Resources, Health Systems, Medical Equipment
Conference registration

Conference registration forms are available on CHAK website: www.chak.or.ke

Conference registration fee
  1. CHAK members
    • Hospitals – Ksh5,000 per delegate
    • Health Centres and Medical Training Colleges – Ksh3,000 per delegate
    • Dispensaries, CBHC Programmes and Churches – Ksh2,000 per delegate
  2. Non Members – Ksh15,000 – (inclusive of conference materials, accommodation and meals)
  3. Exhibition space will be available at a fee. Contact CHAK Secretariat to make a reservation Registration closing date: April 22, 2017
View CHAK Annual Health Conference 2017 report


Date: April 26 – 28, 2016
Venue: AACC Desmond Tutu Guest House & Conference Centre, Waiyaki Way, Westlands
Conference Theme: “Partnerships for sustainable quality health care in the context of the new Global Sustainable Development Goals Agenda ”

Day one: April 26, 2016

Registration of Delegates: 8:30am – 1:00pm
2:00 – 2:30pm: Opening Devotion and Key Note Address by CHAK Chairman
2:30 – 5:30pm: Reports from CHAK departments, programmes and projects

Day 2: April 27, 2016

Plenary Panel Sessions on partnerships– MOH, County Government, NHIF, Regulatory Agencies (MLTTB), Development Partners, Private Sector, Kabarak University (Medical Education) The afternoon shall see two parallel workshops which will provide space for sharing experiences by Member Health Units

  1. Workshop 1: Health services delivery
  2. Workshop 2: Health systems strengthening including community systems
Day three: April 28, 2016 MEDS – the leading faith based medical supply chain in Africa Kabarak – CHAK partnership towards transformation of Mission Hospitals in Kenya
View CHAK Annual Health Conference 2016 report


Dates: April 28 – 30, 2015
VENUE: All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Desmond Tutu Guest House & Conference Centre, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
Conference Theme: “Building partnerships for sustainable quality health services towards universal health coverage”

Discussion topics

  • Partnering with Ministry of Health and County Governments
  • Partnering with the private sector for equipment, infrastructure development and diagnostics
  • Partnering for medical education and human resource development
  • Models for Financing health care; emerging opportunities
  • Quality in health care; lessons from CHAK Hospital Quality Management System roll out
  • M&E/HMIS Data and automation; strengthening efficiency and evidence based decision making
  • Healthy Hearts Africa; a partnership programme to address Hypertension in Africa
  • HIV&AIDS; sustaining gains in HIV treatment and implementation of New Kenya ART Guidelines
  • Maternal and Child Health programmes; addressing the burden of maternal and child mortality
  • Conference Exhibitions – Services, Tools, Resources, Health Systems, Medical Equipment


Theme: “Universal Health Coverage; scaling up faith based health services in the devolved health system in Kenya”
Dates: April 22-24, 2014
The conference objectives included:

  • To share global and country level developments towards Universal Health Coverage
  • To discuss the progress and challenges of Health Sector Devolution in Kenya and present CHAK county engagement strategy
  • To present Kenya Health Policy 2014 – 2030 which defines Kenya's road map to Universal Health Coverage
  • To discuss critical Health Systems Strengthening towards Universal Health Coverage including new innovative health financing initiatives
  • To show case FBOs contribution towards elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Universal ART coverage
  • To present and Launch the Revised CHAK Strategic Plan 2011 – 2016 whose theme is: “Promoting universal access to quality Health Care”

The main topics included:

  • Kenya Health Policy 2014-2030 and strategy towards universal health coverage in the devolved health system
  • Towards Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and universal ART coverage
  • CHAK Strategic Plan review and programs towards universal health coverage
  • Health financing strategies for universal health coverage
  • Access to quality essential medicines and other health commodities
  • Devolution of Health Services in Kenya; CHAK County Engagement Strategy
  • Total quality management in health care through application of the Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH)
  • Best practices in accessible and sustainable quality health care; experiences from CHAK member health network


Dates : April 23-25, 2013
Venue: Jumuia Conference & Country Home, Limuru
Theme: The Kenya Health Policy 2012 – 2030; roadmap towards attainment of Vision 2030 goals in health

The topics covered include:

  • An overview of Kenya Health Policy 2016-2030 and Vision 2030
  • Kenya Health Sector Strategic Plan 2012-2016
  • Health Care financing framework
  • Quality assurance in health care through implementation of the Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH)
  • The devolved health sector; repositioning CHAK member health network
  • Presentation of reports of the Secretariat programmes and projects
Annual Health Conference Report 2013

Annual Health Conference – 2012

Dates & venue: April 24-26, 2012 at the Jumuia Conference & Country Home, Limuru
Theme: Devolution of Health Services in Kenya; opportunities and challenges for the FBO health sector

  • To present the proposed devolution of health services in Kenya from National to County Governments
  • To discuss the challenges and opportunities of the two-tier health system
  • To discuss the role of Faith based health services in the devolved health system
  • To discuss strategies for enhancing recognition and participation of FBO health facilities and Medical Training Institutions in service delivery at the County level

Annual Health Conference – 2011

Theme: “Scaling up quality maternal and child health services in Kenya; the role of the Church health system”

  • To reflect on the status of maternal and child health services (MDG 4&5) in Kenya and the contribution of the Church health system
  • To discuss challenges facing delivery of maternal and child health services in Kenya and opportunities for scaling up
  • To review the role of policy and guidelines in the delivery of quality reproductive health, family planning and child health services
  • To discuss essential health systems strengthening needed for quality maternal & child health services
  • To review financing options for maternal & child health services in Church health facilities
  • To share lessons on the success of primary health care approach in promoting access to maternal and child health services by CHAK member health facilities
  • To share new developments in Family Planning technology and policy
  • To Launch New CHAK Strategic Plan 2011 – 2016 and celebration to mark 10 years Anniversary of CHAK Times Newsletter
Annual Health Conference Report 2011

Annual Health Conference – 2010

Theme: “MOU with Government; enhancing partnership for health”

  • To formerly launch the MoU between Faith based health services providers and Government to create public awareness and secure commitment for it's implementation
  • To reflect on the implications of the signed MoU on Church health services planning coordination, quality assurance and reporting and accountability
  • To share opportunities created by the MoU in strengthening partnerships in the area of Health Systems Strengthening, Human Resource for Health development, medical equipment, financing and medical supplies
  • To share case studies of on-going best practices in partnership with Government on health systems strengthening and health care financing
  • To discuss strategies for enhancing partnerships with other health sector stakeholders and donors within the framework of the MoU and Sector Wide Approach Strategy (SWAps)
  • To share the vision, mission and strategic direction for the new CHAK Strategic Plan 2011-2016

Annual Health Conference Report 2010 Report

Annual Health Conference – 2009

“Sustainability of Church Health Services: enhancing efficiency, quality and sustainability through innovative health financing strategies and Health Systems Strengthening”

  • To reflect on the role of Health Systems Strengthening in enhancing health care quality, efficiency and sustainability
  • To share case studies of best practices around innovative health care financing strategies and health systems strengthening
  • To review the potential of NHIF and other emerging social health insurance initiatives by Jamii Bora Trust, Kenya Women Finance Trust and Community health financing initiatives in creating sustainable health care financing
  • To review the potential of partnerships in health care financing and sustainability strategies
  • To disseminate the draft MoU between Government of Kenya and Faith Based health service providers and review it's implication for Church health facilities
  • To launch and disseminate CHAK Health Systems Strengthening Policy documents and Tools
Annual Health Conference Report 2009 Report

Annual Health Conference – 2008

Theme: “Community Strategy towards reversing the trends; revitalizing primary health care in Kenya through FBOs”

  • PHC definition: To review the definition, goal, principles and elements of PHC concept as defined by the Alma Ata Conference of 1978
  • PHC status at 30th anniversary: To appreciate the status of FBO contribution to PHC concept over the last 30 years
  • Global & Regional perspectives: To share recommendations from WHO consultative meeting with FBOs on PHC, which was held in Geneva on 17-18th December 2007 entitled “Towards PHC – renewing partnerships with the faith based communities & services” and conclusions of the Sub-Saharan Africa FBOs consultation on PHC held in Nairobi on 15th February 2008.
  • Kenyan context: To review the Kenya Community Strategy and it's implementation modalities within the context of SWAps
  • CHAK network experiences: To share some case studies from CHAK network of some successful models of PHC programmes. This shall include HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Maternal & Child Health, Eye care and Disability rehabilitation.
  • Revitalizing PHC: To discuss strategies for enhancing FBO contribution to PHC through implementation of the Community Strategy as a mechanism for accelerating progress towards attainment of National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP II) goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Malaria Conference: To receive an update on Malaria treatment policy and review CHAK Global Fund Round 4 Malaria project
  • Annual Health Conference Report 2008 Report