Category: Health

Category: Health

Amref Health Africa in Kenya Boards visits Turkana County

Amref Health Africa in Kenya’s Board of Directors led by Board Chair Ms Eunice Mathu paid a courtesy call to the Turkana County Executive Committee Member of Health and Sanitation Hon. Jane Ajele on Thursday, 27 June 2019.

During the visit, the County Government signed two agreements with Amref Health Africa in Kenya that will serve to strengthen further collaboration and partnership through the USAID- funded Afya Timiza activity. The first was the signing of a Letter of Agreement for Afya Timiza supported Contract Health Workers presided over by the Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei. The second was a Letter of Commitment on the project’s Technical Assistance Package witnessed by Amref Health Africa in Kenya Board of Directors led by Eunice Mathu. Ms Mathu welcomed the agreements noting that it was the right step towards strengthening partnership between the County Government and Amref on areas such as amendment of the Health Bill and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). CEC for Health Jane Ajele thanked Afya Timiza for the support received so far towards the realisation of UHC.

The delegation proceeded to the Lorugum Sub County Hospital Community Health Unit which doubles up as a key referral site for rural health facilities covering an estimated 1,527 households. The team had the opportunity to see work in various service areas supported through the Afya Timiza activity including maternal and new-born health, family planning, child health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health systems strengthening and quality improvement.

During the visit, community members expressed their gratitude for the big role Amref continues to play in not only easing access to health services via community health workers (CHWs), but also by equipping them with knowledge on practices such as kitchen gardening, as well as engaging in projects that empower them economically hence becoming self-sufficient.

“We are a blessed lot to have gained knowledge and skills in educating our communities on reproductive health, WASH & nutrition from Afya Timiza. This has improved our health indicators especially among children and mothers,” said Dorcas Ekusi, a community health worker serving Lorugum Community Health Unit.

On his part, Amref Health Africa in Kenya Country Director Dr Meshack Ndirangu commended the County Government of Turkana for the huge milestones made towards the realisation of better health care for its people as it positively impacts their socio-economic welfare. He noted that this is proof of how impactful devolution can be with proper leadership and management. On behalf of Amref, Dr Ndirangu made a commitment to continue partnering with the County towards achieving their set health plans.

Afya Timiza Deputy Chief of Party Dr Dickson Mwakangalu noted that by the end of the five-year implementation period, they hope to provide support to 70 facilities in areas such as community health systems strengthening and capacity building of health staff.

With the support of USAID, Afya Timiza currently supports 46 health facilities in three sub counties of Turkana County, serving a population of 484, 211 – 2009 estimates.

Winners of Inaugural Quality Healthcare Kenyan Awards Named At Gala Dinner in Nairobi

The winners of the first ever Quality Healthcare Kenyan Awards (QHKA) were honoured at a gala dinner held last night at Radisson Blu Hotel.

The first of its kind in Kenya, the award recipients were recognised for their outstanding performance, contributions and achievement in improving the quality of healthcare in Kenya.

QHKA aims at recognising and lauding organisations and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Kenyan health sector and will act as an impetus towards improving the standards of health service delivery.

A brainchild of Zawadi Brand Solutions Limited (ZBS Ltd) and in partnership with Amref Health Africa, the initiative takes a health systems strengthening approach to improve standards of health service delivery among health professionals by recognising outstanding performance, fostering innovation and the use of information technology and sharing of best practice. The initiative also unites the public and private sectors towards a common goal and creates a platform for collaboration.

Speaking at the gala event, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mrs Sicily Kariuki said,“ These awards come at a critical time when we are planning the scale up of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programmes across the country with the aim of providing quality healthcare services that will enable us transit to a more productive and equitable economy.”

The CS further stated that the programme will address three key issues in UHC which include affordability, accessibility and quality.

Guests also heard from Makueni County Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, who’s county did exemplary well at the event having garnered three awards.

“This is an important event for our country and continent. In Makueni County, we engaged the youth whose creativity and innovation were outstanding to help us accelerate the achievement of UHC through innovations. Today, we have a system that helps ordinary people in our county. Together with other actors, we are also planning a UHC programme at county level with a common objective of delivering quality healthcare to our people.”

Amref Health Africa in Kenya Country Director Dr Meshack Ndirangu acknowledged the impact of QHKA in recognising quality services in the health care sector for quality patient-centred care saying,

“The reason we are here tonight is to begin celebrating and acknowledging individuals and organisations in the health sector that have made great strides on this journey of quality. The UHC momentum gives us a golden opportunity to make quality of healthcare the DNA of our health system, by replicating and scaling up key lessons on quality, so that no Kenyan will join the 5 million people dying annually due to poor quality care.”

He further notes that the collaboration with QHKA seeks to support the government’s Big Four Agenda on UHC and urged the government and other stakeholders to work together and create a national movement that prioritises the needs of consumers of health services.

Director of Africa Health Business, Dr Amit N Thakker called on everyone to applaud the work other health professionals are doing and may not have the opportunity to be recognised. “There are still more heroes and heroines who are not in this group but are currently providing quality services to patients. Those who did not make an application but continue to save lives of thousands of people in our communities.”

“Past surveys have shown important gaps in the quality of care in Kenya, specifically in basic health facility infrastructure, medical equipment, availability of drugs and other medical supplies, diagnostic accuracy of service providers and adherence to clinical guidelines,’’ said Grace Ndegwa, Director and Co-founder of the Quality Healthcare Kenyan Awards.

“We set out on this journey to change the narrative and showcase impact of these positive contributions on the Kenyan health sector for scalability and sustainability, which is a first step in the right direction towards improving the standards of health service delivery,’’ she said.

Winners of the Quality Healthcare Kenyan Awards 2019

  1. Award of Excellence in Improving Access to Primary Care Services – Tunza Social Franchise
  2. Award of Excellence in Advancing Maternal and Child Health – Jacaranda Health
  3. Health Facility Innovation Project of the Year – Maritini CDF Health Centre
  4. Student Innovation Project of the Year – Juma Theophillus
  5. Lifetime Achievement Award – Prof Khama Rogo
  6. Use of Information Technology to Improve Patient Care – Advanced IT Solutions, Damu-Sasa
  7. Award of Media Excellence in Promoting Health and Well-Being – Population Service Kenya, Trust Condoms
  8. Best Use of Social Media in Healthcare – Population Service Kenya, Kukachora
  9. Health Leadership Award – Dr Kevin WW Rombosia
  10. County with the Best Managed Healthcare – Makueni County

People’s Choice Category

  1. Private Hospital of Choice – MP Shah Hospital
  2. Public Hospital of Choice – Makueni County Referral Hospital
  3. Faith Based/Mission Hospital of Choice – Tenwek Mission Hospital