The Tropical Institute of Community Health was established in 1979, as Saradidi Rural Health Programme sponsored by the Department of Community Health, University of Nairobi in partnership with the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Ministry of Health. TICH specializes in health systems capacity building, research and community development.
The main aim of TICH is to develop effective managers of health and development initiatives in Africa. This is done by bridging training with service delivery programs, focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable communities in the society. TICH has engaged in health systems capacity building and research activities for over three decades within Africa and beyond focusing on improving the performance of the health system through evidence based decision making, planning and action. This has been undertaken in partnership with international, regional and national renowned health systems specialists. A key element has been the development of community, household based information system as a diagnostic tool for identification of health problems to guide timely decisions and action.
As part of its academic and research activities, TICH has developed and tested a number of models for facilitating the achievement of universal access to the Essential Elements of Dignified Livelihoods (EEDL). TICH has trained health systems managers to use these tools in improving the performance of District Health Systems in Sub Saharan Africa.