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Kenya launches Report of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era

 

Her Excellence the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta presents a copy of the report to Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during the official launch of the National Global Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals Era.

Nairobi, KENYA April 11, 2019 –  Kenya today launched the report of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Social Development Goal Era.

The report was launched by Her Excellency the First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta, who is also a Commissioner of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems. The report sets out high quality health care as a key determinant for quality health systems, rather than access to health care that could prevent over 8 million deaths and improve the health outcomes of millions more each year in low- and middle-income countries.

According to the report expanding healthcare coverage will not improve people’s health if health systems quality is not ensured. 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. Electronic versions of both the Kenya Quality Model for Health and Joint Health Inspection Checklist are being disseminated to facilitate institutionalization of quality improvement in Counties, jointly with health professional regulators, she revealed. She also emphasized that the Government is committed to implement quality Universal Health Coverage as one of the Big Four agenda that will ensure that all individuals access quality health services without suffering financial hardship.

“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.  The report commissioned by the 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.

Her Excellence the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta ,Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki ,Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Governors Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni [ 2left],Chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals Era Prof. Margaret Kruk [ left] and the World Health Organization Representative Kenya Dr.Rudi Eggers [right ]during the official launch of the National Global Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals Era report.

 

The report states that in LMICs mothers and children receive less than 50% of the recommended clinical interventions. Further, less than 50% of suspected cases of Tuberculosis are correctly managed and 1 in 3 persons mentioned negative experiences with respect to their health system in the areas of attention, respect, communication, and length of visit.  It also indicates that poor quality of care result in 60% of health related deaths, while remaining deaths are due to non-utilization of the health system.

In Kenya, 52,000 deaths were due to poor healthcare systems; 32,000 of these were due to lack of access and 20,000 due to poor quality of healthcare. High-quality health systems globally have a great impact in averting deaths such as preventing 1 million new-born’s deaths and 900,000 deaths from tuberculosis amongst others.

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