Allow me to appreciate and say something about GIZ and the Department of Quality Assurance, Ministry of Health.
A very special partner that we have walked with in many areas, but I would just emphasize on Accreditation, something that is fairly new but we are really going to get it together with GIZ, we have come a long way.
The Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) is here, and we have really gone forth and all that in terms of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), but I want to believe that with all these heads together, we will get where we are supposed to be, that I believe.
I really want to appreciate that as Kenya, we have a standard that we are very happy about, which is Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH) that is forming a foundation in terms of setting standards in our Country, it is not inferior or anything; it has borrowed a lot but am very happy when you see a standard starting with Kenya.
GIZ has been in the front line making sure that we get it right and customizing and actually making sure that we have our own so that even when we go out there, the Counties are going to say,”this is ours, we will go and run with it”, I want to believe that is the way to go .
It couldn’t have been possible without the partnership of GIZ with us and I want to say that even as we look at where we are, this kind of evaluation, interaction, is just to actually take stock and say this is where we are, this is where we need to go, what are the gaps and what is it that we need to put in place? And therefore I cannot over emphasize such a meeting where we have different people with different expertise, experiences and with resource persons. I want to appreciate this kind of forum and say that we are almost through with the review of the KQMH thanks to GIZ.
We are in the process of solidifying the framework of Accreditation and link it with financing and that is why we have the two key departments: department of policy planning and healthcare financing and the department of quality assurance and GIZ has known how to put these departments together because unless you peg quality issues with financing you may not go anywhere and as if that is not enough the constitution gave us very clear mandate, develop standards, implement the standards, but how do you make sure that it is actually being done? then we come and peg service delivery, quality assurance and financing.
Without saying much about the counties, and this is not only going to affect public facilities, we are looking at a platform where we are going to see Kenya and because you can’t control the health seeking behaviour of Kenyans, we want that when they go to the private and public hospitals, they are actually assured of quality health care.
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