CFK Africa’s Ethical Research & Community Development Platform

CFK Africa welcomes research collaborations with faculty and post-graduate students at universities around the globe and industry experts from a variety of fields. Our goal is to facilitate ethical and innovative research that ultimately informs programmatic decision making and leads to impact. We also believe strongly in knowledge sharing and investing findings back into the global development community. To date, our research partnerships have resulted in 80 published peer-reviewed articles.

Research can be within any one of our core program areas: Primary Healthcare, Education and Livelihoods, and Girls Empowerment. We nurture a collaborative experience with dedicated staff, office space, and deep relationships established throughout the community.

If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities with CFK or would like an example of one of our peer-reviewed articles please email

UNC Partnership

As an affiliated entity of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), CFK Africa often partners with UNC professors to support research initiatives that generate knowledge and inform developmental programming in informal settlements.

Featured UNC Partner Research

Dr. Stephanie Martin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is working with CFK Africa to lead a multidisciplinary research project with UNC nutrition faculty to examine iron deficiency and anemia among adolescent girls in informal settlements.

Research findings can lead to behavioral interventions that can be integrated into CFK’s adolescent health programs to improve nutrition and prevent anemia.

CFK Kibera nutrition research

CDC Partnership

CFK’s Tabitha Medical Clinic established a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Kenya) in 2006. The collaboration has since resulted the CDC’s largest overseas population-based infectious disease surveillance (PBIDS) platform, helping monitor and inform responses to infectious diseases in Kibera.

Featured CDC Partner Research

Abstract: Reducing acute respiratory infection burden in children in Africa remains a major priority and challenge. We analyzed data from population-based infectious disease surveillance for severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) among children <5 years of age in Kibera, a densely populated urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Surveillance was conducted among a monthly mean of 5,874 (range = 5,778-6,411) children <5 years old in two contiguous villages in Kibera. Participants had free access to the study clinic and their health events and utilization were noted during biweekly home visits. Learn more.

Breiman RF, Cosmas L, Njenga M, et al. Severe acute respiratory infection in children in a densely populated urban slum in Kenya, 2007-2011. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15:95. Published 2015 Feb 25. doi:10.1186/s12879-015-0827-x

CFK medical staff

Student Research

CFK Africa values educational development and enjoys working with driven, university-level students who want to conduct research and inspire impact in informal settlements in Kenya.

Featured Student Research

Abstract: Adolescent sexual health is a global concern because of its associations with HIV, other STIs, early and unwanted pregnancies, and post-abortion complications. To address the health burdens associated with sexual and reproductive health in youth, organizations employ several programmatic models to encourage behavior change and to distribute correct and appropriate information. One of those models is the peer education model. The peer education model uses adolescents to target adolescents to achieve program objectives. This paper is a case study of Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization working in Kibera, a large urban slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Carolina for Kibera implements this model in its efforts to promote adolescent sexual health. Learn more.

Whittle, C.K. (2011). The Use of Peer Youth Educators in the Promotion of Adolescent Sexual Health: A Case Study of Carolina for Kibera [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Duke University.

CFK Beneficiary

Hear from our past Researchers

“The staff at CFK was incredibly welcoming and kind during my stay in Kibera. The passion of the staff towards their work in Kibera and creating new collaborations was clear. From strategizing data collection methods to assisting with field data collection, to inviting me to daily lunch outings — I quickly felt part of this tight-knit team.”

-Rasheca Logendran, Masters in Public Health and Public Policy, Robertson Scholar

We are always looking for passionate people to advance our mission through impact-driven research.