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'Health and Wealth for All’

Poor health and poverty are intricately linked, with health outcomes and disparities largely driven by social determinants, including social, economic, physical, or other conditions where people live, learn, work, play and age that influence their health, and the systems put in place to deal with ill-health. Cyclically, poverty leads to poor health and poor health leads to poverty. However, efforts to address health and poverty have always been attempted in isolation; anti-poverty programs are rarely targeted to improve health, while pro-health programs and policies rarely have a systematic focus to address the most pervasive risk factors underlying poor health. With its headquarters in Kisumu, Kenya, Poverty and Health Integrated Solutions (PHIS), a national research and development organization, was formed to fill in this gap. PHIS programs are designed to improve health by addressing proximal causes of poor health, supported by evidence-based interventions that systematically alleviate distal factors including poverty, inequality, and food and nutritional insecurity, among others, together with such cross cutting themes as capacity building, policy, gender and climate change, for poor rural and urban dwellers in Kenya.


How PHIS Works

PHIS achieves its objectives, which are in line with the national, continental and global aspirations, such as the African Unions’ Agenda 2063 and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health, poverty, hunger and water and sanitation, by acting locally at the community level through leveraging of resources and strategic partnerships in a manner that incorporates individual and collective aspirations, opportunities and synergies within the communities and their support systems.


improve health and health literacy

among the poor by addressing the social determinants of poor health


Generate empirical evidence

of specific poverty-health linkages, and impact of various interventions, to guide policy formulation


Promote health strategies

that meet the needs of the poor in order to decisively close the national health equity gap in Kenya


PHIS Programs


Mission, Vision and Core Values


To achieve health outcomes and improve social and economic well-being of poor people while conserving the environment and promoting social cohesion and equity in Kenyan communities.


Healthy, prosperous, equitable and sustainable communities

Our Core Values

• Integrity and honesty
• Empowerment of our partner base
• Equity and fairness
• Excellence in all operations
• Community partnerships
• Good stewardship