National information to support improved health outcomes in Kenya discussed at KPA meeting
The Ministry of Health is working towards improving the classification of deaths in Kenya so that they can meet international standards, ICD-10 (the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Standards on classification of deaths across Africa and Kenya included, are poor. At our health facilities, the sequence of disease and finally the cause of death are not well documented. Speaking at a Kenya Pediatric Association (KPA) meeting on Saturday 12th November at the Gracia gardens, a Senior Health Information Manager at the Ministry of Health, Samuel Cheburet said Kenya has a lot to improve on, when documenting deaths. He urged health workers to be prudent in recording deaths so as to generate better statistical data. He reported that the Ministry of Health will continue working closely with county hospitals to train health workers on the expected international standards of reporting.
Other discussions at the KPA meeting were on; when is using research methods not research, electronic medical records, pragmatic randomized trials, multi-site audits, routine data and changing practices, tracking and understanding adoption of technologies and a multi-purpose Kenya pediatric network.
Dr Rachel Nyamai, the Head of Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health, closed the meeting that had pediatricians, health records information officers and nurses in attendance. KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, the Kenya Pediatric Association and the Ministry of Health organized the meeting.
Quality data for quality care, the Clinical Information Network
Dr. Magdalene Kuria of Kisumu East County Hospital acknowledged that the data being generated on sick newborns within the clinical information network (CIN) ‘had greatly improved’ since 2013 and encouraged everyone to aim towards quality data, since this has a direct impact on the quality of care provided to patients. She was speaking a CIN meeting that took place on 10 - 11th of November in Nairobi at the Gracia gardens hotel. pictures here
Pediatricians, nurses, health records information officers, and data clerks spread from across 14 Kenyan county hospitals met to discuss on; the effective means of running quality improvement projects, hospital reports, REDCap use and reporting, district health information software outputs, refresher on CIN data collection, standard operating procedures, (SOPs) and other useful topics and issues emerging around the hospital network.
To date there have been over 95,000 admissions since September 2013 to present within hospitals in the network. These hospitals are; Machakos, Embu, Kiambu, Kerugoya, Mbagathi, Nyeri, Busia, Kisumu East, Mama Lucy, Kakamega, Mbale, Karatina, Vihiga and Kitale. The Clinical information network is a collaboration to by the Ministry of Health-Kenya, the Kenya Pediatric Association and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust that aims to support improved collection of clinical information in Kenyan hospitals to improve the quality of care.
Nursing Hierarchical Task Analysis Workshop
A workshop on neonatal nursing hierarchical task analysis took place on the 6th of October 2016 at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust office in Nairobi. The workshop whose aim was to draw and describe in details, how key neonatal nursing tasks are performed was attended by neo-natal nurses in some of the busiest health facilities in Nairobi County. Participants were from the Kenyatta National Hospital, Mbagathi County and Pumwani County hospitals. The meeting was organized by Dr. Georgina Murphy of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in collaboration with Prof. Neville Stanton of the University of Southampton who specializes in human factors. More
Steve Magare emerges as winner of best poster at OTN
A poster on ‘Surveying the electronic health record systems landscape in Kenyan public hospitals’ emerged as the best poster at the recent Oxford Tropical Network Meeting at Oxford, Keble College on September 8th. The poster by Steve Magare, a researcher at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi emerged tops after a fiercely contested vote count among a group of 30 presenters. Congratulations Steve on your achievement! More
Kenyan PhD students & researchers acclaimed at OTN
Speaking at the Oxford Tropical Network (OTN), meeting on September 7th 2016, Professor Christopher Conlon, acknowledged and praised the quality of work coming from the Kenyan PhD Students and the overall research work ongoing at both Kilifi and in Nairobi. Prof. Chris Conlon visited Kenya in May together with a team led by Prof. Jeremy Farar to conduct site reviews in both Kilifi and Nairobi.
The Oxford Tropical Network meeting was attended by over 270 delegates at Keble College in Oxford from the 7th-10th of September 2016. The meeting was officially opened by Prof. Nick Rawlins, who pledged continued support to carry out high class cutting edge research within the Tropical Medicine Group. Professor Nick Rawlins is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs in Oxford.
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust site visit
Prof. Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust in the UK, led a review panel team to Nairobi and Kilifi in Kenya on May 2-4th, to assess projects that had been ongoing over the past five years. The structural and project assessment review was conducted on Monday through to Wednesday.
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Kenya, has had high-impact research projects over the past 20 years and achieved a number of milestones in many thematic research areas including malaria public health, health systems, clinical research etc that have fed into policy change both locally and internationally.
Other members of the team who conducted the review were; Nick Rawlins, Chris Conlon, Sarah Bennet, Patrick Duffy, Simon Chaplin, Mike Turner, Mark Woolhouse, Menno De Jong among others. More
Researchers receive awards at the 16th Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA) Annual Scientific Conference
The Kenya Paediatric Association diner on the 28th of April 2016 at the Boma Hotel in Eldoret, was the climax of the KPA annual meeting that brought together over 300 delegates from the health sector in Kenya. The annual meeting was attended by pediatricians, researchers, medical officers and other health professionals. The main aim of the meeting was for participants to discuss and deliberate on the best ways of improving service delivery to children all over Kenya.
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme researchers received
awards at the gala dinner. Dr Ambrose Agweyu of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust together with Dr Michuki Maina were awarded the Hillman Clinical Leadership Award 2012 - 2015. This is an award where medics are nominated by their peers in the paediatric residency programme in recognition of outstanding leadership. It is an annual award named in commemoration of Professors Donald and Elizabeth Hillman, founding staff of the University of Nairobi Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. More
Visit by DFID
A team from the Department of International Development (DFID), UK met with Senior Managers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi offices including the Executive Director, Prof. Philip Bejon on the 4th of March 2016.
The DFID team was led by Lizzie Smith, Head of Profession Health. Other in the team were; Louise Robinson, Susan Olango, Katie Bigmore, and Julia Kemp. DFID, has been supporting some of the programs at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust through the Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RESYST), an international research consortium that aims to enhance the resilience and responsiveness of health systems to promote health and health equity and reduce poverty. More