Urban Research and Development Centre for Africa (URADCA) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Kenya since 1996. 

URADCA is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a highly talented, experienced and passionate executive team.

URADCA works in collaboration with international agencies, local organizations, Ministry of Health, County Governments and local communities

Our Mission

To improve the health and wellbeing of African peoples through advocacy, policy development, implementation science, and capacity building

Our Vision

A world where people no longer die of preventable diseases and lifestyle conditions.

What We Do

Highly qualified and motivated professionals

URADCA works with donors, funding agencies, national and county governments, partners, stakeholder and communities to conduct cutting edge research, test innovative solutions, improve policy environment and scale up evidence-based interventions


Some of our past projects we have supported or implemented

GAVI-funded baseline and end-line evaluation of vaccination coverage
and its determinants among children aged 0-59 months in Kenya and Uganda.

DSW- Public Expenditure Tracking (PET) study for health, RMNCAH and family planning in Meru and Nakuru counties.

WHO-funded implementation research on self-administered Subcutaneous Depo-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (injectable contraceptive given every three months) during scale up in Kenya. 

WHO-funded Global Survey of Maternal and Perinatal Health conducted in seven 
African countries (Algeria, Angola, DRC, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda)

USAID-funded Strengthening County Sustainability (Kaunti Kuimarisha Uendelevu) project – URADCA is partnering with other civil society organizations in Nakuru county to form a local development organization (LDO) to accelerate the journey to self-reliance. 

Mid-term evaluation of the USAID-funded Human Resources for Health
(HRH) Kenya mechanism implemented by IntraHealth in 24 counties.

USAID-funded end-of-project evaluation of the flag-ship Maternal
and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Kenya.

IPM-funded Microbicides (female-controlled HIV prevention technologies)
preparedness studies in Kenya.

Digital health technology project to improve primary health care in Meru county. 

Major Research Accomplishments

World Health Organization's Global Survey of Maternal and Perinatal Health 

URADCA partnered with the World Health Organization for the of the Global Survey of Maternal and Perinatal Health, which was conducted between 2004 and 2008. Seven African countries (Algeria, Angola, DRC, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda) participated in the study and covered 131 randomly selected health facilities which resulted in observation of 83,439 health facility deliveries. URADCA provided data analysis for all participating countries. This cutting-edge research led to many publications and several WHO policy briefs which have impacted maternal and perinatal health in Africa. URADCA participated in the authorship of one of the key manuscripts: Shah A, Fawole B, M'Imunya JM, Amokrane F,  Nafiou I, Wolomby JJ, Mugerwa K, Isilda Neves h, Nguti R, et al. Cesarean delivery outcomes from the WHO global survey on maternal and perinatal health in Africa. 
Int J Gynecol Obstet 2009; doi: 10.1016.

Endline evaluation for the USAID Bureau forGlobal Health's flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) implemented by Jhpiego

URADCA won the tender to conduct the endline survey for the Kenya component of the MCHIP program. In Kenya, MCHIP provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health Department of Family Health and was implemented in more than 10 focus counties. URADCA developed the survey protocol, applied and received scientific and ethics approval, led implementation in the field and performed data analysis and final report writing. As part of the MCHIP Kenya final evaluation, URADCA conducted a formative research on handwashing knowledge, attitudes and practices in Korogocho slums (Nairobi county) and Bondo sub-county (Siaya County.)

Microbicide Preparedness studies funded by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) 

Between 2005 and 2007, URADCA collaborated with the IPM to conduct microbicide (female-controlled HIV prevention technologies) preparedness studies in Kenya. This involved identification of potential research sites, research site assessments and determining the feasibility of conducting microbicide clinical trials in Kenya. These preparedness studies were extremely successful following which many research institutions in Kenya, including the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), KEMRI and University of Nairobi, were selected to implement safety and efficacy trials of candidate microbicide products.
As a follow up, URADCA implemented a cross-sectional HIV incidence study in Suba (Nyanza) and Mukuru (Nairobi) in 2007.


Core Competencies

Population-based Surveys

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Policy & Economic Analysis

Implementation Science


Digital Health

Research Training

Project Management

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Telephone: +254 785 654 803

E-mail: info@uradca.org

Address: Blue Violets Plaza, Suite 207, Kamburu Road, Kilimani, Nairobi

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