Government launches health technology assessment to inform policy decision making Nairobi, KENYA, 18 March 2018

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr.Rashid Amani delivers key note address during the official opening of two day Training course on Health Technology Assessment [HTA] at Strathmore University.























The government in partnership with Thailand is holding a two day training workshop on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

HTA is the systematic evaluation of effects and impacts of health technologies and interventions that would inform policy and clinical decision making on the introduction and use of the health technologies

While officially opening the workshop in Nairobi, Health Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Rashid Aman said HTA is a multi-disciplinary tool that enables healthcare decision makers to assess the trade-offs involved in providing healthcare given limited resources.

“This training will provide and introduce academic institutions, government officials and policy makers on the role of HTA in healthcare decision-making and the analytical methods applied to generate evidence,”,he noted.

Dr. Rashid further noted that the training will draw on global experience from various partners and the overall aim is to institutionalize HTA within the Ministry of Health, so as to enable regular update of the Health Benefits Package based on available evidence.
Kenya he explained has sought to collaborate with Thailand which has already established an elaborate HTA system to inform investments on cost effective interventions under UHC through their Health Interventions & Technology Assessment Program (HITAP).
The collaboration, the CAS noted will be through mutual learning and knowledge sharing, with Thailand having walked the journey and attained success and global recognition in the field of HTA.

“This collaboration of Kenya and Thailand governments and their respective ministries will offer best platforms for exchange of ideas on what is implementable of the Universal Health Coverage in Kenya,” he said

He however noted that the path to UHC requires commitment and resources, and involves making choices of what to include in the health benefits package that will be provided.

The CAS revealed that various sectors including National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) are undergoing major reforms with an aim of improving them to give quality services.

“In a bid to inspire public trust, we must improve on public health systems by giving quality healthcare, having dedicated care-givers and best infrastructure and the delegation from Thailand are ready to share on this,” remarked Rashid.

The training on HTA has been organized by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, KEMRI- Wellcome Trust Research Program, the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) and, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand with the support of International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI).

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, a researcher from HITAP Thailand said “ I am happy for the collaboration whose goal is to work together towards attainment of UHC so that we can bring health care to the community and as a researcher evidence is important”.

Kenya as a nation has prioritized Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as one of the Big four Agenda towards economic development with the aspirations that by 2022, all persons in Kenya can use the essential services they need for their health and well-being without the risk of financial catastrophe.