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Kenya Launches Universal Health Care Coverage

Dr. Stephen Mulupi (right) showcasing LVCT Health’s work during the UHC Launch

LVCT Health participated in the recently concluded National Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Exhibition and Conference at Kapkatet Stadium in Kericho County.

The exhibition, which served as a precursor to the grand launch of UHC on Mashujaa Day by President William Ruto, brought together key stakeholders in the health sector who shared insights towards the government’s goal of actualizing accessible and affordable healthcare for all Kenyans and laying focus on improving the quality of care provided by Community Health Workers (CHWs).

LVCT Health showcased its contribution to the national and global goals of reducing new HIV infections, HIV-related mortality, and morbidity by facilitating equitable access to high-quality health services.

Working alongside its partners KEMRI, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Homa Bay County co-investigators, LVCT Health is supporting the government at the county level to operationalize and scale up eCHIS for improved health outcomes and performance management across the entire cascade of the antenatal health services in the country.

During the week-long event, the Ministry of Health also rolled out an electronic community health information system (eCHIS) to improve the quality of health care provided by community health promoters.

eCHIS is a revolutionary mobile-based platform that collects real-time data for enhanced community health reporting, data visualization, decision-making, and performance of community health workers.

Speaking during the event, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Susan Nakhumicha, said the rollout of the digital platform will help the government address challenges within the community health system.

Dignitaries during the unveiling of the UHC Plan in Kericho

“Today, we are witnessing a game-charger in Kenya’s journey towards achieving universal health coverage, said Nakhumicha.

The platform- a first in Africa due to its nationwide scale; comprehensive coverage across the country’s healthcare services will see over 100,000 community health promoters provide essential healthcare services to every household in their localities. Through the C-it DU-it (pronounced “see-it; do-it”) study, an acronym intended to convey ‘seeing’ linked data (C-it) and ‘doing’ or acting on the data (DU-it), LVCT Health and partners hope to demonstrate how to link data and use it, provide missing evidence on the impact, costs and scale-up of data linkage and use between community health promoters and health facility staff for improved service delivery.

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