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LAUNCH OF THE LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH COMMISSION HIGH QUALITY HEALTH SYSTEMS REPORT IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ERA.

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“We must begin to pay closer attention to quality care and build resilient health systems that Kenyans can trust and have confidence, irrespective of the facility they visit,” H.E Margaret Kenyatta

The First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Margaret Kenyatta on 11th April 2019, launched the Lancet Global Health Commission High Quality Health Systems Report in the Sustainable Development Goals Era in Nairobi.

As a member of the Commission, the First lady, commended the progress being made by the government and its partners to ensure that all Kenyans have access to affordable, quality and trustworthy Healthcare services irrespective of the provider and their regions.

H.E Margaret Kenyatta said, the reduction and in some cases total removal of the service charge in public health facilities, the ongoing infrastructural expansion, the government-sponsored National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), the free maternity cover and other interventions are all aimed at protecting Kenyans especially women, children and vulnerable communities.

According to the Lancet report, 52,000 deaths occurred in Kenya in 2016 due to poor quality health systems. Out of these deaths, 32,000 were attributed to lack of access to healthcare while the rest were occasioned by poor quality care. Recommendations from the report are bound to accelerate the gains made by Kenya in achieving health related SDG 2030 targets because they emphasize on quality health services as a “big win” strategy.

“We as a country have taken some steps towards enshrining the principle of patient-centered service in our healthcare systems through the Kenya Quality Models for Health guidelines developed in 2012, alongside the Joint Health Inspection Report both developed by the Ministry of Health,” the First Lady said.

Speaking at the event Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki pointed out that quality of care is the fundamental cornerstone of Kenya health service delivery also entrenched as right in the Constitution for all to enjoy. She acknowledged that quality health care increases the likelihood of desired health outcomes consistent with seven measurable characteristics of health namely effectiveness, safety, people- centeredness, timeliness, equity, integration of care and efficiency. The CS pointed out that to ensure quality is institutionalized, the Ministry is implementing the Kenya Quality Model for Health for continuous quality assessment and improvement of health services and is currently realigning policy and regulation through the implementation of the Health Act 2017.

“Linda Mama initiative, is one of the publicly funded health scheme, that ensures pregnant women and infants have access to quality and affordable health services. This has seen a 35% increase of deliveries in public health facilities,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the County Governments, CEO Council of Governors Jacqueline Mogeni, said that Health system strengthening has been a key focus and Counties have progressively allocated funds to health services targeting at least 30% of County government’s annual budgets.

“In Kenya the Constitution 2010 which spelled out the devolved system of governance paved way for devolution of health services to 47 County governments. Although Counties are at various levels of development we have nationally recorded impressive results in our key indicators. For instance, over the last five years skilled delivery has moved from 53% (2014) to 65% (2018), fully immunized children from --75% (2013) to ---77% (2018)”, she said.

Today, Post devolution many Counties own and manage a robust referral system that has greatly increased efficiency, reduced long time of pain and suffering.

The report commissioned by the Lancet Global Health examined literature analyzed surveys to evaluate the quality of care provided to people in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), including Kenya. It outlines actionable steps Countries need to take in order to revolutionize their health systems to meet Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal health targets by 2030.

Others who spoke at the high level event included the chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission of High Quality Health System Prof. Margaret Kruk, WHO representative in Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers and the Ag. Director General of Health Dr John Wekesa.

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