The Kenyan government in collaboration with the government of Japan has launched a health development program that seeks to integrate technology in the provision of healthcare as it strives to realize universal health care.
The project spearheaded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) will see medical data collected through a technologically aided platform to allow for early warnings and risk management across the country.
It has been a long journey towards healthcare reforms, with the country still struggling with disease burden.
With the government having already implemented a raft of measures to make healthcare accessible to its citizenry, the latest initiative that will see its ambitions integrated with technology as it seeks to achieve the sustainable development goals will be a shot in the arm for Kenyans.
In ensuring that the citizenry indiscriminately accesses health care and cushions them from hefty financial risks in acquisition of services, the ministry of health in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has developed a technologically supported platform that will see medical data from the counties collected and monitored for timely and appropriate response.
The government and the agency will partner with policy makers and planning officials at all levels of governance to ensure its efficacy.
The PHRD project being a critical player in the Universal Health care, a policy framework introduced in the country at the sixth Tokyo International Conference Development (TICAD) meeting which has since made contributions in maternal healthcare among other areas.
The launch precedes the Universal Health care global forum to be held in Tokyo, Japan in December which will focus on strengthening global public health emergency response and lifelong healthcare to all people