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Enhancing Child Healthcare Access in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - Β In a collaborative effort to extend the reach of the Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) project in Kenya, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with PATH, hosted a dissemination meeting onΒ April 4th, 2024, in Nairobi.Β 

Β At this meeting, Janette Karimi, Head of the Division of Newborn and Child Health (DNCH), outlined the objective of developing and executing a national scale-up plan for pulse oximeters in all health centers and dispensaries across the country.Β 

TIMCI, funded by Unitaid, is a global initiative aimed at empowering Primary Health Care workers to enhance diagnostic capabilities for severe childhood diseases.Β 

Since its inception in 2019, TIMCI has provided healthcare workers with pulse oximeters and clinical decision support tools, resulting in improved diagnostic accuracy and patient outcomes.Β 

The introduction of pulse oximeters, electronic devices that painlessly measure blood oxygen levels upon insertion on a child’s finger, is poised to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of severe childhood diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea.Β 

Β This nationwide rollout follows successful pilot trials in Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, and Kitui counties, conducted in partnership with PATH.