2ND – 4TH OCT 2018
MSP attended Kenya Catholic Conference of Bishops Health Symposium which had the theme; The role of the church in accelerating the achievement of universal health coverage. The conference focused on the role of the church in accelerating the achievement of universal health coverage through strengthening of the neglected Health professionals – (Emergency care professionals to address Pre-hospital emergency services, Health Records and Information Officers (HRIOs) to monitor UHC and facilitate data for discussion making, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to improve community preventive medicine and demand creation for NHIF and Healthcare services).
Other discussion topics:
- The pastoral perspective of UHC based on the Principles of Jesus Christ and call to Missionary work in healthcare service provision.
- Kenya UHC framework and implementation Roadmap with a focus to the new areas of Emergency care services both pre and hospital emergency care services. Discussions on how Church Health facilities will incorporate and strengthen the Emergency Medical Technicians and Ambulance services.
- Management of Health Information system and Informatics was emphasised as a way of monitoring the progress of UHC with KCCB ask to strengthen functions of HRIOs in their respective Health Facilities.
- UHC mobilization and financing framework; how NHIF contribution, County governments’ involvement and Private-Public Partnership will contribute to UHC.
- Supply chain management; the main supplier MEDs was asked to improve on their efficiency and digitalize requisition process.
- The contribution of the Catholic Church in the Holistic quality healthcare and health quality considerations in UHC.
- The role of the Catholic Church Medical Training Institutions and professional ethics in achieving UHC. Provision of incentives to increase admission of students to MTC to bridge the gap of staff shortage.
- The Church healthcare contribution to populations with special needs, those in informal settlements, the poor and marginalized with case studies from Turkana and Nairobi slum areas.
- Adherence to MOH safety, prevention standards and regulations for all KCCB health facilities for UHC.
- NCDs perspective in UHC, need to scale up use of modern technology in screening and diagnosis, capacity building of the Health care workers on NCDs screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies.
- HRH mechanism in Kenya, update on Afya Elimu funds and HELB. There is increased funding for Middle college training especially for MTC aimed at increasing HRH.
- Restrictions based on the new regulations from the Ministry of Interior and exorbitant charges conferred upon foreign Missionary Nun Nurses working in Kenya was raised with National Government and Nursing Council.
- Nursing practice regulation for UHC realization, code of conduct, dressing, training and mentorship programs.
- Catholic Health Commission of Kenya mandate and catholic Doctors role in UHC.