GIZ Health Sector programme is currently implementing various interventions at county and health facility level geared toward improving quality of health care. One of these initiatives undertaken by the programme is supporting the establishment of a partnership between Fürst-Stirum-Klinik bruchsal and Msambweni county referral hospital.
On November 28, 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Prof. Tom Ganten of Fürst-Stirum-Klinik Bruchsal and Dr. Waudo Siganga of Msambweni county referral hospital to mark the start of a partnership. The objective of the collaboration is to establish a sustained professional exchange between Bruchsal hospital and Msambweni county referral hospital with an aim to improving the quality of patient care.
Different areas of collaboration have been agreed on:
(a) To strengthen capacity on quality improvement in patient care within Msambweni county referral hospital with special emphasis on internal medicine and obstetrics and gynaecology as well as trauma, intrapartum and neonatal care
(b) Conduct operation research primarily related to use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool
(c) Strengthen capacity of staff on use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for various conditions
(d) Develop best practices through clinical guidelines and standard operating procedures for in-house use and application in other health facilities
(e) Benchmarking with best practice locally and internationally
The overarching activities for these areas of collaboration include providing expertise and establishing secure communication platforms for specialists from both institutions.
The two health facilities are of comparable size but differ in terms of medical expertise. Fürst-Stirum-Klinik Bruchsal, is a community based hospital with 400 beds serving a population of 100,000 and is a teaching hospital of the University of Heidelberg. It is renowned to adhere to evidence based medicine and good patient care. On the other hand Msambweni county referral hospital is the referral facility for approximately 800,000 people living in Kwale county with limited capacity to provide quality healthcare services.