Our Research for Policy and Practice Activities are directed to supporting decision-makers, implementers, and service providers.  CHF has carried out activities in all regions of Nigeria, particularly in Northeastern Nigeria. 


  • Training and capacity strengthening on participatory community strategies for human capital development. 
  • Research into infectious diseases of poverty including river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and nutrition.
  • Evidence for the Community Directed Intervention Strategy of the WHO-African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control


  • Evidence for teacher recruitment, education, and management
  • Learning and teaching in conflict and crisis situations
  • Educational technology, learning in emergency situations (COVID 19) 
  • Development of strategy for knowledge co-production.
  • Community participation particularly for increasing access of marginalized peoples to health, education, and other social protection services 
  • Series of implementation research activities. Sample projects 2009-present available 

Training and Capacity Strengthening

  • Formal further training for health workers in tropical health and disease control hosted by the Modibbo Adama University, Yola Nigeria. 
  • Spearheaded upgrade to the Bachelor of Science degree programme. Over 1,300 health personnel have received direct formal CHF training in community mobilization, health administration, advocacy, development of work plans, record keeping, project budgeting and implementation. 
  • Trained 170 traditional healers in Taraba State for hygienic healing practices in the management of malaria, lymphatic filariasis diagnosis, and morbidity management at the community level. 
  • Global Internship Opportunity for Nigerian and American MPH and medical students. Since 2001 received MPH interns from Emory University, Johns Hopkins for 8-week grassroot community interactive research. Mentored Maternal Health Young Champions (MHYC) of the Harvard School of Public Health Initiative for training young health professionals.
  • CHF has a wide range of network among communities, community leaders, community organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies responsible for infectious diseases intervention, maternal and child health and education.


  • Our Geographic Focus and Network covers entire northern Nigeria and the Southwestern Ondo and Osun States. CHF’s greatest strength is in building networks and working with collaborators and partners with complementary skills and advantages.  
  • CHF works through evidence generation and use for policy and practice. 
  • Our partners include community education committees, organisations with interest in elderly care, community health worker education and training institutions and piloting women empowerment for food production