Work in Kenya sees Cardno Emerging Markets shortlisted for British Expertise International awards

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Cardno Head of Project Management Nicki Spence has been shortlisted in the Young Consultant of the Year category. Photo :Twitter/Cardno

The British Expertise International Awards 2019, which recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector, have shortlisted global infrastructure, environmental and social development company Cardno Emerging Markets in three categories.

Cardno Emerging Markets’ Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) in Kenya has been shortlisted in the International Development: Non-Physical Project category for the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) in Kenya while their Head of Project Management Nicki Spence been shortlisted in the Young Consultant of the Year category.

In Kenya, thirty-four per cent of women aged 15 to 49 have an unmet need for family planning (FP), including 14 per cent of married women. The unmet need is highest amongst unmarried, 15 to 19-year-old, rural, uneducated and poor women.

For this reason, the Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned the Enabling Sustainable Health Equity (ESHE) programme being managed by Palladium Group, to understand the Family Planning (FP) market dynamics, as well as determine the options available for greater involvement of the commercial sector in serving unmet FP needs. 

The programme aims to increase the use of family planning in Kenya, by giving rural Kenyans and adolescent girls, greater access to relevant resources and services. Its impact is measured by increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR), with an emphasis on poor rural women and adolescent girls.

Cardno Emerging Markets’ were subcontracted by Palladium to provide support to the programme and has drawn on its field of expertise generated through the Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) programme. The PSP4H focused on Market Systems Development (M4P) research methodologies for health in Kenya.  

To lead ESHE’s initial study of Kenya’s family planning market they applied the Market Systems Development approach. Under this assignment, Cardno successfully conducted a supply chain study, Total Market Approach study, and continues to support the formation, branding, coaching, mentorship and sustainability of ESHE’s formed Integrated Health Kiosks. 

The supply chain study objective was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the FP supply chain by diagnosing the root causes of system inefficiencies and providing evidence- based analysis on the supply and distribution channels. The Total Market Approach for Family Planning took into account free, subsidised, and private commercial delivery methods to ensure that anyone who wants to use a particular health product or service, can.  

Outside of Kenya, they have also been shortlisted in the International Development: Physical Project category for their Improving Rural Access project in Tanzania.

The winners will be announced at the annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday 17 April at the Royal Kensington Hotel, London where His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be joined by Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for International Trade, to award the prizes.

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