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A Thoughtful Conversation on National Improvement Strategies and Infrastructure for Improving Health Care in Kenya
This Technical Report describes a three-day quality improvement policy seminar that brought together key Kenyan stakeholders and health care quality leaders from other countries to share experiences and ideas on successful models for leading and supporting improvement of health care at all levels of the health system. The meeting was conducted in two parts: the first day and a half was an overview of what quality improvement initiatives have achieved to date in Kenya. The second and third days were designed as a thoughtful conversation around developing a national strategy for improving the quality of Kenyan health services. The second half of the meeting was designed around four questions:
- How did the improvement effort(s) you have experienced start? Who championed it? How was commitment sustained? How were improvement priorities set? What infrastructure was created to support improvement? How did it work?
- What improvement approaches were used? How and why did you choose? How did they work? How did you resolve the balance between minimal standards and best practices? How did you review progress? How did you communicate and coordinate? If you were to undergo this experience(s) again – what was important that you would want to see repeated?
- What is the role of accreditation? What are the next steps and directions for accreditation in Kenya?
- What would you advise the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Kenya related to national improvement strategy?
The meeting concluded with a conversation on the way forward for the Government of Kenya, donors, and implementing partners.