The Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) is registered under the Kenyan Societies Act and was initiated when the UNIM (Universities of Nairobi, Illinois and Manitoba) randomized controlled trial of male circumcision for reduction of HIV incidence began. NRHS is active in conducting research in reproductive health and HIV prevention and is also active in the implementation of HIV intervention services in Kenya. NRHS has a strong track record and experience in research and in translating research into practice.

NRHS has an extensive record of working closely with the National and County Ministries of Health and the National AIDS and STI Control Programme.  It has been a leader of the scale-up of VMMC in Kenya, providing technical assistance to the Ministries of Health and the National AIDS and STI Control Programme and other governmental bodies in a bid to translate research into policies. NRHS has been the lead institution for several studies related to HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health with funding from diverse agencies including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the Population Council, the UHAI Foundation, and John Snow International. NRHS currently has over 100 staff who operate primarily from offices in Kisumu County, but NRHS also has offices and ongoing projects in Homa Bay County and has previously conducted research and run programs in Nairobi, Siaya, Teso, and Turkana Counties. 

 Mission statement

NRHS exists to promote health and quality of life where vulnerable individuals and communities in Kenya through research, evidence-based programming, capacity building, advocacy, and education.


The Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) envisions a world where vulnerable individuals and communities are not only empowered to define their own needs and goals, but also have the capacity to meet those needs and achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

 Core Values/Principles

  • NRHS views people and communities not as passive beneficiaries of service and programmes but as active partners and rights holders empowered to define personal objectives and build better futures.
  • NRHS believes in and promotes accountability, integrity, participation, and inclusion as core guiding principles for its projects and activities.
  • NRHS believes that sound research and empirical evidence are the basis for effective programming.
  • NRHS is committed to providing and maintaining a respectful work environment free of discrimination.