Regional Dissemination Workshops for the Kenya Malaria Strategy (2019-2023)

Regional Dissemination Workshops for the Kenya Malaria Strategy (2019-2023)
Abstract: Malaria remains a public health and socioeconomic problem in Kenya, with about three-quarters of the population estimated to be at risk of the disease. Moreover, the burden of the disease varies across the 47 counties in the country. The National Malaria Policy, the Kenya Malaria Strategy (KMS), and the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan provide a framework for guiding the response to the malaria burden in Kenya. The Kenya Malaria Strategy 2019–2023 was launched on 25 April 2019 during World Malaria Day. The strategy was developed based on recommendations from the end-term review of the KMS 2009– 2018, through the 2018 Malaria Programme Review process.

The goal of KMS 2019–2023 is to reduce malaria incidence and deaths by at least 75% of 2016 levels by 2023. This ambitious goal is set to be achieved through implementation of six strategic objectives. The six objectives focus on interventions ranging from continued scaling-up of preventive measures to attain universal coverage, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment in all sectors, strengthened performance monitoring, and establishment of systems for malaria elimination in selected counties.

Achievement of the KMS goal and objectives is pegged on enhanced coordination and collaboration with all malaria stakeholders in the country, and especially with the counties and the community health strategy. It is against this backdrop that the Division of National Malaria Programme (DNMP) organised five regional workshops for the dissemination of KMS 2019–2023 alongside other supporting policy documents to all the 47 counties in the country. The specific objectives of the workshops were to: Disseminate the Kenya malaria strategy and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan (2019–2023); obtain feedback and inputs from the counties on implementation of the strategy; provide highlights on current policy and guidance documents; share latest updates and information from DNMP, counties, and partners; assess the status of key malaria indicators; and define the next steps in implementing the strategy and tracking performance. The workshops deliberated and agreed on innovative ways for the county teams to further cascade dissemination of the strategy to the sub-counties and health facilities.

Following the successful regional dissemination workshops, counties are now able to align malaria control activities to their county integrated development plans and annual work plans to the KMS 2019–2023.

Counties can also use KMS to lobby for increased funding for malaria interventions in their counties, and to guide linkages with community health strategy.

This report is a synthesised analysis of the proceedings in the five regional dissemination workshops, with special emphasis on issues cutting across all the counties. Implementation of the recommendations from the workshops will go a long way in supporting achievement of the KMS 2019–2013 goals and objectives.
Author(s): Kenya Ministry of Health
Year: 2020
Language: English