Annual Health Summit, 2021

Kenya Healthcare Federation and Strathmore Business School (SBS) launched the Annual Health Summit 2021, which happened on 18th and 19th November 2021, 8:00am – 5:30pm (EAT) at the Strathmore University Auditorium with the aim to create a platform where Healthcare Stakeholders can discuss and come up with innovative and sustainable Healthcare solutions for Africa. The Health Summit was the first of its kind and brought together African Continent Innovators and Game – Changing Leaders, Private Sector Players and Organizations, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Development Partners, Faith Based Organizations, Academia, Medical Professional Bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations and the larger KHF Membership.

Strathmore Business School Dean, Dr. George Njenga highlighted that Innovative Healthcare in Kenya requires the partnership of those who govern Healthcare and the people who are governed by it. Thus, Governance and Education is a key issue in improving sustainable healthcare in Africa.

Ministry of Health, Ag Head Directorate of Health Standards Quality Assurance and Regulation, Dr. Kibias Simon.

Ministry of Health, Kenya, Ag Head Directorate of Health Standards Quality Assurance and Regulation, Dr. Kibias Simon Doctor spoke on behalf of Ministry of Health, Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Abdi Aman.

He highlighted and read Dr. Rashid’s speech stating that the Ministry of Health is looking forward in strengthening Public – Private Partnerships and Local manufacturing is key in strengthening the Health System. The Government of Kenya is engaging international partners on vaccine manufacturing including setting up necessary infrastructures. He also thanked all stakeholders who are supporting this cause.

Ministry of Health, Kenya, Head Public Private Partnerships and Planning Unit, Stephen Macharia spoke about; How policy can help accelerate the uptake of Innovations into the Public Healthcare Systems in Kenya.

SDG Partnership, Senior Advisor on Innovation & Technology, Dr. Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh made a presentation on how the SDG Partnership Platform is working with partners to support establishment of effective and sustainable partnerships in healthcare where by service delivery is key to achieving this.

KHF Chair, Dr. Kanyenje Gakombe was among the speakers who took part during this Health Summit. He stated that those in Innovation need to get organized to influence policy in order to align Private Sector interest with Public Sector interest to gain Public Support.

AMREF Health Africa in Kenya, Programs Manager, Catherine Mwenda

During the Sponsor session, AMREF Health Africa in Kenya, Programs Manager, Catherine Mwenda made a presentation about Multi Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) regarding the Advocacy for the Unregulated Healthcare Professionals.

She stated MSP is a consortium made up of Malteser InternationalAMREF Health Africa, Kenya Healthcare Federation and Unitely with the aim of enhancing the training and deployment of Unregulated Healthcare Professionals.

The following were the exhibitors who took part during this Health Summit; Easy Drain Care Products, Pathologists Lancet Kenya, BYON8, Metropolitan Hospital Nairobi, Imperial Medical Specialists and Multi Stakeholder Partnership.

The Standard Group LTD, Editor, Dr Mercy Korir and Open Phences Hub, Senior faculty, Institute of Healthcare Management and Director, Dr. Frank Wafula moderated the panelist discussion which involved the healthcare collaboration ecosystem and how this can be improved for higher impact. 

The Panelists include; 
1. Savannah Informatics, CEO, Dr. John Muthee 
2. AstraZeneca, Africa Head Acceleration, Dr. Sylvia Vito 
3. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Technical Advisor, Dr Leah Mwai.
4. Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Senior Director, Mr. Jackson Kimani 
5. Presidential Policy and Strategy Unit, Senior Health Advisor Dr. Wangari Ng’ang’a

Standard Media Group, Editor, Dr. Mercy Korir, Savannah Informatics, CEO, Dr. John Muthee and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Technical Advisor, Dr Leah Mwai
The Panelists Discussion which involved the healthcare collaboration ecosystem and how this can be improved for higher impact.
Savannah Informatics, CEO, Dr. John Muthee and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Technical Advisor, Dr Leah Mwai

During day 2 of the Annual Health Summit, Keynote Speaker – Head of Smart Vaccines Production, Konza City, Prof. Matilu Mwau made his remarks on vaccine production. He emphasized that he received a lot of support from the Konza Technology which is an initiative led by Ministry of Health, Kenya and the Government of Kenya. There is a general lack of Human Resources needed to deliver essential health interventions due to limited production capacity, migration and poor mix of skills and demographic imbalances.

KHF, CEO, Dr. Anastasia Nyalita moderated the first session by introducing the various presenters to give their remarks about the innovations towards improved local production.

Kenya Medical Association President, Dr. Andrew Were Onyino

Kenya Medical Association President, Dr. Andrew Were Onyino made a presentation regarding Human Resources for Health as a Key Enabler for the Health Value Chain.

He emphasized that there is a general lack of Human Resources needed to deliver essential health interventions due to limited production capacity, migration and poor mix of skills and demographic imbalances.

Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, President, Dr. Louis Somoni Machogu gave his insights of aligning Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in Kenya. He goes on to elaborate the factors that drive local supply chain insecurity or misalignment such as unfavorable taxation regimes, lack of national standardization and coding of pharmaceuticals.

Ministry of Health, Kenya Division of Health Products and Technologies (HPT), Pharmacist, Dr. Eunice Gathitu gave her remarks on policy directions towards local vaccine production. She went on to elaborate that the Ministry of Health constituted a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency national committee that will help reduce the cost at local production.

The Standard Group LTD, Editor, Dr Mercy Korir and KHF, CEO, Dr. Anastasia Nyalita moderated the panelist discussion which involved; How we can achieve vaccine manufacturing in Kenya. The Panelists included;

1. Pharmacy and Poisons Board, CEO, Dr. Fred M Siyoi.
2. Senior Director President’s Delivery Unit – Executive Office of the PresidentDr. Njeri Gitau
3. Ministry of Health, Kenya Division of Health Products and Technologies (HPT), Pharmacist, Dr. Eunice Gathitu.
4. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Health Leader, Dr. Samora Otieno.
5. Philips East Africa, Country Manager, Dr. Muthoni Ntonjira
6. Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI), Chairperson, Willy Soriney
7. Kenya Dental Association , President, Dr Tim Theuri, BDS

KHF, CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita, Phillips Healthcare, Country Manager, Dr. Muthoni Ntonjira and Senior Director President’s Delivery Unit, Dr. Njeri Gitau
KAPI Chair, Willy Soriney and Faculty,Strathmore Business School, Dr. Lyndon Marani participating in the Panelists discussion.
Ministry of Health, Division of Health Products and Technologies, Pharmacist, Dr. Eunice Gathitu, Kenya Dental Association, President, Dr. Tim Theuri, KAPI Chair, Willy Soriney and Faculty,Strathmore Business School, Dr. Lyndon Marani

We want to take this opportunity to thank all Health Sector players from the Private Sector, Public Sector, Development Partner Groups, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, Stakeholders and all KHF Members who came to attended this year Annual Health Summit 2021 both physically and virtually.

Kindly also visit the online exhibition booths here located under the Exhibitors Tab: https://lnkd.in/gErGNrXS

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