Exploring routinely reported malaria data in Kenya; a data quality assessment
The findings of a study reviewing malaria data reported through routine health information systems were disseminated on Friday 16th September 2016 at a workshop held at Gracehouse resort in Nairobi. Data reported by over 9,000 health facilities from January 2011 to December 2012 was reviewed. Results from this data indicates increasing numbers of confirmed malaria cases reported since 2013 and steady decline in non-confirmed cases across all malaria endemicity zones in Kenya, suggesting better uptake of the WHO global policy of confirmatory diagnosis of malaria before treatment.
Dr. Ejersa Waqo, the Head of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) gave the opening remarks. “Data is the key to everything, it tells us where to stop funding and where to start” remarked Dr Waqo. The workshop was attended by key stakeholders including the Division of Health Informatics and the Division of Disease Surveillance & Response and key partners in malaria control. The research activity was led by Dr. Sophie Githinji, a researcher within the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.
Dissemination meeting on implications of Insecticide Resistance on Malaria Vector Control
A meeting to disseminate findings of a recent study on the impact of malaria insecticide resistance, led by Prof Charles Mbogo of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, took place at the Panafric hotel on June 28th 2016.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute and the National Malaria Control Program, Ministry of Health and University of Nairobi with funding from WHO and the MELINDA GATES Foundation has been engaged in a project trying to find out the impact of insecticide resistance on the efficacy of vector control interventions in 4 counties namely Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya and Busia for the past 5 years. More