Health Ministry launches documents to boost UHC rollout

Nairobi (KENYA) January 22, 2020 – The Government through the Ministry of Health today launched new documents that will provide a comprehensive quality health data  to deliver the essential health package towards Universal Health Coverage.


The Kenya Health and Research Observatory  (KHRO,   Kenya Harmonized Health Facility Assessment (KHFA) and the County Vital Signs Profiles (CVSPS) reports were launched by the Acting Director General Dr. Patrick Amoth on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki Nairobi.

In a statement read Dr. Amoth the CS said the instruments are aimed at equipping the ministry and partners to continuously track progress towards  collective goals.

The primary healthcare Vital Signs Profile (VSP) is a dynamic measurement tool that was developed by Global PHC initiatives initially at national level, which the ministry has adapted to the county level to provide a snapshot of the strength of primary health systems in respective sites.

The CS said the new tool will assist the Ministry and counties in identifying areas of strength and weaknesses in the PHC systems, focusing on key areas such as resources invested in PHC, equality in access to and availability of PHC services as well as the governance mechanisms in place that support PHC.

“We urge you as our partners in this effort to leverage this innovative tool in strengthening our health system at the most critical level,” she noted.

On the hand the Ministry developed the health observatory as a platform to facilitate access to key health information from one source. The observatory will act as a platform for both data for Health and Research Knowledge Translation, aimed at improving availability of quality health information.

“This will address the current fragmentation of health information, enabling each stakeholder to view the data that are most relevant to them in tabular, graphic and map formats. The overall goal is to empower and activate evidence based decision making,” the CS emphasized.

While this platform is key in tracking indicators for UHC, the observatory has also been aligned closely with the Global Health Observatory, consequently giving the ministry mechanism to streamline the health metrics with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Knowledge Translation Platform within the health observatory is expected to foster collaborations and engagements among policymakers, researchers, practitioners and academics among other data-users, to maximize the use of available data, research and evidence in decision-making.

“These engagements will progressively enrich our health policies and practices,” the CS said and thanked the partners and the County Governments for supporting the process.