The GIZ Health Sector Programme has been supporting development of a collaboration between the Kenyatta National Hospital and Frankfurt University Hospital. The collaboration has progressed well with the two institutions currently working on a project on strengthening systems for antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance for healthcare associated infections at Kenyatta National Hospital.
The objective of the project is to improve the existing antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) system at Kenyatta National Hospital in three selected areas adaptable to other health care facilities in the country. This project comes at a critical point in healthcare where prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms is increasing in hospitals not only in Kenya as a developing country but globally.
This project will contribute to improving infection better health practices and ultimately to reduction in rates of hospital acquired infections in Kenyatta National Hospital. The surveillance systems to be established will be useful in monitoring the effectiveness of infection control programs and is a prerequisite for patient safety. The stewardship program will apply antibiotic therapy intelligently to counteract the progress of antibiotic resistance thus contribute to rational use of anti-infective agents should be improved.