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HealthCare Professionals (HCP) Virtual Space

HealthCare Professionals (HCP) Virtual Space

 

IQVIA Launches HealthCare Professionals (HCP) Virtual Space

IQVIA held a breakfast meeting on 11th May 2018, at Prideinn Hotel in Westlands. The main agenda was a pre-launch of IQVIA HCP virtual space (a digital technology platform dedicated for healthcare professionals). – The key objective of the pre-launch was to gather views from different healthcare professionals under the umbrella of Kenya Healthcare Federation, on the digital technology platform.

IQVIA and Kenya Healthcare Federation Team during the launch

IQVIA is a merger between Quintiles and IMS Health (a Human Data Science Company and the World’s leading healthcare information, technology and services  company) providing much needed solutions to the life sciences sector, including healthcare professionals.

The HCP Space is an exclusive professional networking platform for healthcare professionals in all the specialties e.g. Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Medical Laboratory Scientists and all other Healthcare Professionals. Moreover, it’s a platform where they can connect to peers, follow Key Opinion Leaders, discuss medical cases, establish public/private groups, view videos for increased knowledge, earn continuing professional development (CPD) points from content provided by CPD approved bodies, and  find jobs and career opportunities across multiple regions in Africa and Middle East.

The Human Data Science Company provides tools and resources which enable clients to succeed in the competitive and changing environment. It also helps clients improve performance and minimize marketplace risk through superior forecasting and trend analysis, real world evidence studies, and technology & commercial effectiveness solutions.

IQVIA is committed to advancing human health, to deliver value and real outcomes. To rise to the challenge in finding the next breakthrough by making the most of increasingly limited resources. The company has the vision to drive healthcare agenda forward, to see how we can help accelerate progress and achievements. While others are developing these medical breakthroughs, IQVIA does it’s part by using breakthroughs in insights, technology and human intelligence to reimagine and deliver ways to help make them a reality. IQVIA is committed to providing solutions that enable life sciences companies to innovate with confidence, maximize opportunities, and ultimately drive human health outcomes forward.

 

Community Health Volunteer (CHVs) Stakeholder Engagement

Community Health Volunteer (CHVs) Stakeholder Engagement

 

Community Health Volunteer (CHVs) Stakeholder Engagement

The Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) held an engagement with community health volunteers(CHVs) stakeholders at Four Point Hotel Sheraton on 14th June 2018.The engagement aimed at strategizing on how the CHVs can be strengthened and recognized either through establishing an association or strengthening the existing one if there is already one, The meeting was well attended by different organizations including; Ministry of Health, Kenya Medical Training College, Living Goods, The Nairobi Hospital, Kenya Medical Women Association, Norvatis Social Business, IntraHealth International, Amref Health Africa, Malteser International and Kenya Healthcare Federation.

Community Health Volunteers engagement at Four Points Hotel by Sheraton – Hurlingham

Ms. Caroline Cherotich representing Ministry of Health opened the meeting where she commended that the meeting was very key in strengthening the CHVs and MOH at a community health level.

Mr. Samuel Mwangi form Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), elaborated on the status of the community health extension workers (CHEWs) curriculum development where he brought to light that CHEWs is an MOH initiative under the community health and development unit. He further said that CHEWs are medical professionals with diverse medical backgrounds related to medicine i.e. engineers, nutritionists, laboratory technicians, pharmacists e.t.c. As such and there is need to harmonize their knowledge so that they can deliver healthcare at a community level.

There were concerns raised on who accredits the CHEWs curriculum and KMTC clarified that a regulator but works with Community Health Services and Development Officers Association (CHESOA) as it the nearest to a regulatory body. It was also noted that MOH has a plan of coming up with a regulatory body for community health.

It was agreed that the CHEWs position needs to be well established. There is need clarify which roles and tasks are they responsible for and also what they are trained to do. It was noted that the CHEW was evaluated in 2010 and one recommendation was a phased training approach linked to it being a new cadre.

There was uniformed agreement that the CHEW curriculum will create harmonization of knowledge amongst different cadres and when freshmen are enrolled, the curriculum will be redesigned to fit this particular group of people and build their capacity to work as CHEWs.

Mr. Wycliffe Ogenya presented on behalf of CHESOA, where he elaborated that the association was started by community health professionals offering services in the community health strategy at a community level. Moreover, he reiterated that the national meeting in June 2017 led to the formation of the national office and as a result, the current membership is 1740 where 400 have paid the membership fees.

After carrying out a Strength Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis, it was agreed that before establishing membership fees and budget, the value of CHESOA should be clear to its members. Multi stakeholder partnerships would be able to provide technical assistance and advice how structures of the association can be strengthened and how to increase external visibility.

As a way forward, KMTC should have another stakeholder workshop to share the curriculum that is ready to become an eLearning material. There should also be clarity on who CHESOA is representing.

Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya(PSK) 38TH Annual Symposium

Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya(PSK) 38TH Annual Symposium

 

Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) 38TH Annual Symposium

The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya held 38th Annual Symposium Themed ‘Pharmacist: The Missing Link in Attainment of Universal Healthcare Coverage’. The event took place in Neptune Beach Hotel Mombasa, from 30th May to 3rd June 2018.

Dr. Louis Machogu flanked by Industry Leaders and PSK fellows during the declaration of the 38th Symposium resolutions

The Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya is a representative organization that was formed to enable Pharmacists employ their professional expertise in the care of patients. Moreover, PSK promotes a common standard for professional conduct and code of ethics for its members, as well as advocates for the welfare pharmacists.

Universal Health Coverage(UHC) was a key themed across  the symposium. UHC states that quality and affordable healthcare can be easily accessible without financial strain. The PSK symposium brought together various health professionals from both the, Ministry of Health and the private health sector to deliberate on how pharmacists can plan a key role in attaining of universal health coverage.

Dr. Rashid Aman (Chief Administrative Secretary- MOH) was the Chief Guest who officially opened the conference. In his opening remarks, he reminded the attendees of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BIG 4 Agenda in health. He reiterated that pharmacy will play a key role in the agenda, attainment of universal healthcare coverage and the manufacturing sector which is also one of the BIG 4 Agenda. Dr. Aman recognized the PSK recommendations on the health bills amendments he moreover, called upon everyone to offer leadership skills to benefit the citizens.

Dr. Karanja a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, addressed the principles of ethics and the functionality of the code in governance and, the supremacy and universality in pharmacy practice. He further emphasized that ethics is a prerequisite for success in the pharmacy professional practice.

Dr. Rolando Satzke, CEO – COSMOS Pharmaceuticals brought to light that supporting local manufacturers, will see the attainment of UHC. Since locally manufactured drugs are much cheaper than imported ones. “Drugs take up to 45% of patient’s medical costs. High cost of Non Communicable Diseases medication leads to poor uptake of treatment and use of locally manufactured generic medicines leads to enormous cost savings on a patient’s medical expenditure.” Dr. Rolando Satzke, Dr. Anastasia Nyalita Chair, Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI) presented on the role of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector in UHC where she emphasized that accelerating manufacturing and capacity access will accelerate attainment of UHC.

“Partnerships to accelerate access whether in lowering costs through manufacturing, capacity building, cost containment – through reimbursement program, transparent pricing information and centralized government procurement is key.” Dr. Anastasia Nyalita.

 

 

Supporting Local Manufacturers to achieve UHC

Supporting Local Manufacturers to achieve UHC

 

THE CONTRIBUTION OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING IN THE REDUCTION OF MEDICINE COSTS

Cosmos Pharmaceuticals Limited held a dinner on 7th June 2018 at Sankara Hotel in Westlands to discuss on contribution of local manufacturing in the reduction of medicine costs. The dinner was attended by Kenya Healthcare Federation(KHF) members and graced by Ethiopian Private Health Facilities Employers Association (EPHFEA).

Mr. Rolando Satzke CEO,COSMOS Pharmaceutical ,presenting during the Dinner.

Research shows that imported pharmaceutical products especially drugs, cost much higher in the countries importing them than in the countries of manufacture. Moreover, diabetic patients and hypertensive patients are not able to keep up with the medication because of the high cost.

Every year, around 40 million people die from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease worldwide, with more than three quarters of these deaths occurring in low and middle – income countries

(World Health Organization).

“The high cost of medical care in Kenya is partly due to the high cost of medication. The cost of drugs in Kenya can make up an average of 45% of patients’ hospital bills.” Rolando Sateke, CEO COSMOS Pharmaceuticals Limited. “Almost half of medical claims are going into buying drugs,” Catherine Karori, head of medical at Jubilee Insurance.

“With good and well executed drug policies we can make huge savings and still deliver high quality care for everybody. Wider use of generic drugs will result in significant reduction in the cost of drugs; the savings will be passed on to the patient. Insurance companies will also save money and in turn give more affordable premiums for patients to get treatment at a cheaper cost”  Dr. William Mwatu, former chairman of Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI)

In UK, the rate of written generic drugs was at 71% in the year 2000 and the rate of prescribed generic drugs at 52% in 2007.Compared to the written generic drugs which was at 83% in the year 2007 and the  rate of prescribed generic drugs at 64% in 2007.

The World Health Organization recommends Member States embrace generic medicine in moderating their pharmaceutical expenditure. However, research shows that the total use of original brands in Kenya is at 43% while generic is at 57% (IQVIA MAT Sep/2017 Total Private Market). If Kenya looks into achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage, then the high cost of medicine should be addressed. Supporting local manufacturers which make the drugs more affordable and accessible.

In his remarks, Mr. Rolando Satzke CEO, COSMOS Pharmaceuticals, emphasized that, local manufacturers can be supported in the following ways; 1,quote public sector purchases to local manufacturing, 2,inrease retentions on imports if generics are manufactured locally, 3,set preferential prices for locally manufactured products in public tenders, 4,restrict the insurance reimbursements for originator expensive brands and 5,offer tax and loan incentives to encourage local pharmaceutical production. Additionally, there is need to regulate trade margins to avoid profit generation on high priced products and agree on reachable roadmap to achieve certified quality manufacturing.

Dr. Jacqueline Kitulu – Chair, Kenya Medical Association , speaking during the Dinner

Dr. Dawit Moges from Ethiopia, applauded Mr. Rolando for the great work he is doing in advocating for the support of local manufacturers. He emphasized that once this is implemented, healthcare will be made more affordable and accessible.

“Local manufacturing of qualitative generic medicines leads to healthcare costs reduction contributing the UHC financial sustainability.”  Mr. Rolando Satzke CEO, COSMOS Pharmaceuticals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eHealth Summit

eHealth Summit

 

                                             1st Kenya – Poland eHealth Summit

eHealth is an electronic channel for seeking, finding and understanding health information from electronic sources, hence apply the knowledge obtained in solving health problems. Moreover, eHealth provide a better platform for patients data entry and recording.

Kenya Healthcare Federation well represented in the eHealth panel discussion                 

In Kenya eHealth has fundamentally shifted the way patients’ information is accessed and shared across health system. This technology advancement has improved Healthcare delivery in Kenya.

However, full implementation of eHealth in Kenya has encountered challenges like; eHealth standards, ICT capacity, eLegislation, eHealth infrastructure, Security& privacy issues and Technical Organization. Inorder to tackle this challenges,  there should be advancement in infrastructure and education/awareness.

eMedica held the 1st Kenya – Poland eHealth summit on 20th March 2018 to scrutinize on partnership which will also be a good learning ground for ehealth strengthening. In this light, Poland, who is undergoing a digital transformation in healthcare and faces many similar challenges can be an interesting partner for Kenya – not only on the government level to exchange regulatory experience, but also on a medical and business level to establish valuable business links and scientific cooperation between the countries.

                   

From the business and medical standpoint, there is a huge potential to utilize Polish Technologies and experience in many e-health initiatives in Kenya. Polish and Kenyan entrepreneurs will encounter a very fertile ground for collaboration in the implementation of their innovative e-health solutions. The summit aimed at engaging both sides to help them establish valuable links between each other that would lead to many successful common ventures

 

County Stakeholder Engagement Forum

County Stakeholder Engagement Forum

County Stakeholder Engagement Forum

Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) has successfully implemented county stakeholder forum in three counties they include; Makueni, Kirinyaga and Mombasa, these forums have been supported by a grant from the Business Advocacy Fund grant. This counties are among the seven counties that are to be covered.

Kenya Healthcare Federation Team in Mombasa during the county Stakeholder engagement

 

 

Inorder to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), quality healthcare should be accessible without out of pocket strain. One of the major focus in county stakeholder engagement forum has been Nation Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

“To reach the Ministry of Health (MOH) aspirations to achieve UHC by 2022, there is a need for greater innovation and ‘business unusual.’ It is essential that we ensure that coverage or affordable healthcare for the poor are part of the agenda and that the poor are not left out.” Dr. Amit Thakker, Kenya Healthcare Federation Chairman. Dr. Thakker further recommended that NHIF should be reformed to be more responsive to our needs and private medical insurance should also be reformed to create a more enabling environment that encourages innovation. Moreover, NHIF should only focus on growth once it has the capacity to ensure that it can handle increased coverage.

“NHIF should be able to subsidize healthcare for the poor if they are enhanced. One of the problems of collecting money from individuals is that it can cause political issues and lead to accusations of misappropriation. Even when we have a more affordable scheme there will be people who cannot pay.” Dr. Agnes Gachoki, Health CEC, Kirinyaga County.

Dr. Gachoki emphasized the importance of the concept of UHC whereby cover should be provided in a way that people are able to access care without financial burden. Moreover, NHIF has a broad scope in terms of coverage and services.

It was noted that Makueni Care is doing much better than NHIF in terms of accessibility though 500ksh is not enough to cover people in Makueni Care. From a discussion with the Governor of Makueni County, Hon Kibutha Kibwana, it was brought to light that Makueni Care can be improved in the following ways: Collaborate with NHIF to reinsure Makueni Care for a few benefits, there is a large difference between Ksh.500 a year and NHIF (Ksh. 6000 a year) which should be observed. There is scope for more schemes in between, such as Ksh. 1000, 2000 e.t.c per year and digitization to deal with fraud is necessary.

Dr. Nyangasi Governor’s, advisor Mombasa County, informed the attendees that Sustainability of UHC is an issue that must be carefully dealt with and discrepancies in county funding since the onset of devolution have been an issue. It was noted that greater transparency and accountability are required in NHIF to ensure the greatest value for healthcare. This is also necessary to deal with the delays in reimbursements being experienced in public and private hospitals in Mombasa. Moreover, Linda Mama is not working and seems to have made health outcomes worse.

There are challenges for private hospitals to provide UHC because they have to write off costs. Efforts to work with NHIF have been made but there are substantial delays in payment. Private hospitals are reluctant to try the various schemes due to difficulties working with NHIF already.

There has been uniform suggestion from the three counties that the government should have Memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with private medical insurance businesses to maximize their role in achieving UHC. We should leverage on the private sector for accountability. Moreover, Innovations and private sector involvement can be enhanced to support the drive towards 100% UHC. The private sector should be leveraged to ensure that NHIF is kept accountable and to advocate for better quality and efficiency healthcare.

Kenya Healthcare Federation hold 10th AGM

Kenya Healthcare Federation hold 10th AGM

Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) holds it’s 10th Annual General Meeting.

The Kenya Healthcare Federation held its 10th Annual General Meeting on 28th June 2018, at Prideinn Hotel in Westlands from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.This also marked the 10th year Anniversary since the company was incorporated. There was also an election held for the position of Vice-Chairman and Board of Directors. Kenya Healthcare Federation was birthed in 2004 with only seven members who are also the founding members. In marking 10 years, KHF celebrate it’s growth in membership to 134.

Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) chairman, Dr. Amit Thakker (Right) Congratulating the New elected vice chair, Dr. Elizabeth Wala in the just concluded elections

The company bearing the slogan ‘Voice of the private Health Sector’ has been playing a key role in health advocacy. Moreover, KHF has been on the forefront of ensuring quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. The voice of the private health sector focuses on six game changers, which will enhance the role of the private sector. These include; health regulations and quality & standards, public – private partnership, supply chain, information, communication, technology and mobile health committee, health financing committee and human resource for health. The company works closely with the national and county governments to strengthen the public –private partnership in improving the overall health.

The AGM was chaired by two Board of Directors, Dr. Bola Tafawa and Faith Muigai. Who ensured that the day’s agenda was ushered with efficiency The annual financials was read by to KHF members. Chairman Dr. Amit Thakker thanked all the Partners, Members, Board of Directors and the secretariat for the support and the tireless effort they put together to ensure the company achieves it’s goals. He moreover emphasized that the company is in full support of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BIG 4 Agenda of delivering quality and affordable healthcare. Dr. Thakker congratulated and thanked the board of Directors that retired, for their immense effort in ensuring the voice of the private health sector is well projected.

There was an election carried out for the four vacancies for the new board roles, this was conducted  by Archer and Wilcock.The following won the elections; Dr. Elizabeth Wala- Amref Health Africa won the position of (Vice Chairman), Dr. Anastacia Nyalita – Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry, won the position of (Director – Institutional Associations) Dr. Walter Obita – Healthstore East Africa won the position of (Director – Corporate)  and Dr. Daniella Munene – Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya won the position of (Director – Professional Association).The new Board assumed office immediately.

 

Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) New Board of Directors. L-R, Dr. Daniella Munene – Director, Dr. Walter Obita – Director, Dr. Anastacia Nyalita – Director, Dr. Peter Kamunyo – Director, Dr. Elizabeth Wala – Vice Chair, Ms. Faith Muigai – Director, Dr. Amit Thakker – Chairman and Ms. Joyce Wanderi – Director

 

During an interview with the newboard, they all expressed their gratitude for the support from members and promised to work uniformly in ensuring that KHF goes to the next level and achieves it’s key advocacy role in health.

The chairman Dr. Amit Thakker congratulated and welcomed the newboard moreover, he thanked the sponsor for the AGM that included, BroadReach Healthcare, Quality Care Dialysis and AAA Healthcare for their support through sponsorship for the event.

The meeting was well attended by a total of 137 members that included; KHF Partners, KHF members, Ministry of Health, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Uganda Healthcare Federation, Christian Health Association of Kenya and Health NGOs Network, Kwazulu Natal Doctors Healthcare coalition limited –South Africa and  Lenmed Healthcare group- South Africa.

 

 

eHealth Summit

eHealth Summit

 

                                             1st Kenya – Poland eHealth Summit

eHealth is an electronic channel for seeking, finding and understanding health information from electronic sources, hence apply the knowledge obtained in solving health problems. Moreover, eHealth provide a better platform for patients data entry and recording.

 

Kenya Healthcare Federation well represented in the eHealth panel discussion

In Kenya eHealth has fundamentally shifted the way patients’ information is accessed and shared across health system. This technology advancement has improved Healthcare delivery in Kenya.

However, full implementation of eHealth in Kenya has encountered challenges like; eHealth standards, ICT capacity, eLegislation, eHealth infrastructure, Security& privacy issues and Technical Organization. Inorder to tackle this challenges, there should be advancement in infrastructure and education/awareness.

eMedica held the 1st Kenya – Poland eHealth summit on 20th March 2018 to scrutinize on partnership which will also be a good learning ground for ehealth strengthening. In this light, Poland, who is undergoing a digital transformation in healthcare and faces many similar challenges can be an interesting partner for Kenya – not only on the government level to exchange regulatory experience, but also on a medical and business level to establish valuable business links and scientific cooperation between the countries.

 

Kenya Healthcare Federation Team during the eHealth summit                                           

From the business and medical standpoint, there is a huge potential to utilize Polish Technologies and experience in many e-health initiatives in Kenya. Polish and Kenyan entrepreneurs will encounter a very fertile ground for collaboration in the implementation of their innovative e-health solutions. The summit aimed at engaging both sides to help them establish valuable links between each other that would lead to many successful common ventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya Medical Association celebrates 50 years Anniversary

Kenya Medical Association celebrates 50 years Anniversary

 

Kenya Medical Association (KMA) at 50 years

Kenya Medical Association (KMA) is a voluntary membership organization open to all medical and dental practitioners, registered in Kenya. KMA was founded in 1968 and currently has close to 3000 members. The Association main objective is to champion the welfare of doctors and quality healthcare for all through continuous professional development and advocacy.

L-R Dr Kitulu – KMA chair, Prof. Kama Rogo IFC, World Bank and Dr. Stella Bosire CEO – KMA      

At 50 years, KMA prides itself in tranceeding specific objectives as follows; tremendous growth in promoting the practice of medicine in Kenya, upholding high standards of medical ethics and conduct, advicing  the Government, other medical bodies and the  public at large on health matters, promoting the welfare of doctors, maintaining the honor and interest of the medical profession, supporting continuing professional development (CPD) through periodic publications, seminars and scientific conferences and liaising with medical associations around the world.

Through KMA’s remarkable performance in advocacy and good working relationship in the East African region, Federation of East African Medical and Dental Associations (FEMDA) was birthed in which KMA is an active member.

Cake cutting session to mark 50 years 

KMA was proud to host its 46th Annual Conference and celebrate its 50th anniversary from 18th – 21st April 2018 at Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & SPA in Mombasa. The official opening ceremony was conducted by Dr. Peter Cherutich representing Health CS Mrs. Sicily Kariuki on 19th April 2018.The theme of the conference was “Healthcare Financing Towards Universal Health Coverage” this brought together 365 delegates from 5 African countries and representation from world Medical Association and  students both local & International. The conference was closed on a dinner celebration to mark 50th Anniversary.

 

 

 

                  

                                    

Health Regulations and Quality Standards

Health Regulations and Quality Standards

Health Regulations and Quality Standards Committee (HR&QS) engagement with Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS)

In order to ensure delivery of quality and affordable Healthcare, a Healthcare Organization should be assessed and qualify for certification and accreditation. There has been a misunderstanding between accreditation and certification of an organization. Most Kenyans are not very sure on where to go for specific healthcare services, because once a Health Centre bares an accreditation or certification label only, does it indicate that it’s fully qualified to offer specific services? HR&QS Committee aims to clarify this while ensuring that Health services offered are of good quality as recommended.

HR&QS committee members during the meeting

This first committee meeting was graced by Ms Doris Mueni – Deputy Director KENAS, who clarify on the functions of the two bodies as; accreditation ensures that an organization is competent to perform specific functions in a reliable, credible and accurate manner, while certification means   compliance with a standard or specification. There are major benefits of Accreditation such as quality improvement in internal operations, safeguard credibility of results from conformity assessment activities and improved market image.

Doris further clarified that KENAS does not accredit hospitals directly, but accredits certifiers of Hospitals e.g. Pharm Access offers certifications through the Safe care Programme, KENAS also does a conformity assessment test to vouch for competence on specific departments in different facilities thus do not accredit all departments. Below are some of the KENAS accredited facilities; 32 Medical laboratories (Government, Private, FBOs), 45 Testing and Calibration Laboratories, 7 Inspection bodies and 3 Certification bodies. KENAS also accredits these models to offer certification services as an assurance for quality and patient safety.

There has been a lot of engagements going on between Ministry of Health (MoH), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) to see how to adopt Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH) as a national standards for Quality and Patients safety. Doris clarified that National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) certification is supported by the Medical board and Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), using the KQMH standard and It’s best if certification is done by Independent bodies since NHIF certification is for rebates. Moreover, NHIF is not accredited by KENAS but can be certified by law.

A close out program on joint inspection was done on 26th February 2018 where a total of 2138 facilities both Public and Private were visited and inspected for the last one year during pilot phase. The Lessons learnt from this exercise, will inform Universal Healthcare Coverage. Patient perspective on quality will be incorporated in the next document to be developed. It was however noted that more inspectors will be needed and trained for the national roll out.

The Health Act 2017 key goal is to create a unified health system that aligns with the Constitution, by spearheading regulatory changes and coordinating the interrelationship between the National and County Government. This committee will represent the private sector on, Legislation &Regulations and Promotion & Advancement of Public Health/Lactation Stations.

The meeting was well attended by committee members namely; HUQAS, AAR Healthcare, Health Store EA, PSK and KENAS.