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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Applauds Technological Advances in Healthcare Provision

LVCT Health, in partnership with the Department of Health Services, Nyeri County was honored to welcome the US Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman during a tour of Nyeri County Referral Hospital’s comprehensive care clinic.

Accompanied by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and county leadership, the visit offered a firsthand experience of the significant strides made in integrating modern technology for service provision in the management of HIV/TB health priorities in the County.

Nyeri County Referral Hospital is among the 22 health facilities in the County supported by LVCT Health’s Dhibiti project to provide HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment services with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Kenya.

During the visit, we shared significant technological advancements in clinical care solutions designed to improve service delivery, data management and patient management outcomes through machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)  even in resource-constrained settings.

Through a gallery walk, the Ambassador observed the various services provided at the facility’s main comprehensive care clinic, including HIV testing, laboratory diagnostics and systems, maternal and child health and a live demonstration of the Kenya Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems designed to improve quality of care.

The Kenya EMR system under the Kenya Health Management Information System Project (KeHMIS), implemented by Palladium through PEPFAR support, exemplifies the robust collaboration between the U.S. and Kenya governments in fortifying health system structures and patient-centered care, thereby improving data demand and use for individual-level data across supported facilities.

Dr. Joseph Kiragu the County Executive for Health thanked the Ambassador for the support that the county has received over the years through PEPFAR-supported programs which have led to significant gains in HIV/AIDS response, resulting in fewer new infections and HIV-related deaths.

US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman during a group photo session with county leadership and PEFPAR-CDC supported partners at Nyeri County Referral Hospital.

The remarkable progress witnessed at Nyeri County Referral Hospital symbolizes collective dedication by partner organisations to sustainable healthcare solutions for all

In attendance were County Secretary Benjamin Gachichio, Dr. Nelson Muriu, County Director of Health Services, Dr. Jonathan Mwangi, Nyeri CDC Project Activity Manager, Dr. Lilian Otiso, Executive Director of LVCT Health, representatives from the Palladium Kenya, members of the County Health Management Team (CHMT), Mr. Anthony Maina, Chair of the Nyeri County Referral Hospital (NCRH) Board of Management, Dr. Benson Ngari, Acting Medical Superintendent of NCRH, healthcare workers (HCWs), community health practitioners (CHPs), among other dignitaries.

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