I Choose Life Africa (ICL) and other health stakeholders in Kenya on May 18, 2016 signed communique to set up a joint monitoring and evaluation framework for the health sector to boost service delivery in the country. Kenya which is endowed with highly skilled researchers is currently struggling with disjointed data which has often led to sluggishness in relay of critical information.
The launch of the data warehouse will however, provide a platform for storage of relevant data for easy access and planning by the health providers. Speaking during the event, the Chairperson of Health NGOs Network (Hennet) Eng. Mike Mutungi said the country has a lot of data which could be mined to boost quality of lives across the country. “It is very ironical that it takes a few seconds for Kenyans to receive money on Mpesa while it takes 45 days to get data fed into the country’s health information system – the DHIS,” he argued. “As NGOs we are behind this network and we are committed to ensuring that as a country we have one evaluation framework and we are all reporting to one framework,” added Mutungi who is also the CEO of ICL. Eng. Mutungi noted that Kenya is best in the world in athletics and as countries work towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenya should not be left behind.
The first ever forum in the country attracted health stakeholders from national, county and international organizations. The World Health Organisation (WHO’s) Coordinator Results Monitoring and evaluation, Department of Health Statistics and Information systems Kathryn O’Neill said the initiative is noble and will go a long way in alleviating suffering in the country. “This is about Kenyan leadership – national and county government sending a signal that they want to build a robust system to enable them monitor their health system,” she said. “This is the first country in Africa that has this approach. We hope that this will be a pathfinder mission for other countries learn from Kenya.”