Session 40

Title of session: A data-driven Approach to Inform Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage and Health Resource Allocation in Kenya – 2021 Hackathon winners, Kenya

Date: 28 April
Time: 9:00-10:00
Room: S4b Lajkonik

Session description:

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is one of Kenya’s critical development blueprints, highlighted in both the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030. The Kenyan government’s initial target was to realise 100% coverage by 2022. However, this seems unachievable given the slow rate of increasing access and quality of healthcare services per the health service coverage index. The innovative initiatives to achieve UHC included activating a community health worker (CHW) network, and employing a new financing strategy by adopting new low-cost services delivery models such as e-Health for telemedicine, m-Health, and e-Hub for collection and dissemination of information. Data-informed use of community health workers and telehealth can help the Kenyan government fast track the achievement of UHC, especially maternal care, water and sanitation, hospital access and health workforce. The project explores innovative ways of analysing data from traditional (including the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics) and modern sources, and how it is communicated to a wide audience. It also provides a more in-depth analysis and a broader evidence base for health policymakers and implementers. In addition, we will create an accessible web framework for informing progress towards UHC in Kenya given the available data, and the methodology and techniques chosen.

Session Chair: Ms. Nicola Shearman, United Kingdom


Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students:

  • Mr. Evan Mbugua Kahacho
  • Ms. Ann Muthoni Wambui Maina
  • Mr. Stephen Mangara Wainaina
  • Mr. Elvis Ohuru Marube
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