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Exploring routinely reported malaria data in Kenya; a data quality assessment

The findings of a study reviewing malaria data reported through routine health information systems were disseminated on Friday 16th September 2016 at a workshop held at Gracehouse resort in Nairobi. Data obtained from over 9,000 health facilities from January 2011 to December 2012 was reviewed. Results from this data indicates increasing numbers of confirmed malaria cases reported since 2013 and steady decline in non-confirmed cases across all malaria endemicity zones in Kenya, suggesting better uptake of the WHO global policy of confirmatory diagnosis of malaria before treatment.
Dr. Ejersa Waqo, the Head of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) gave the opening remarks. “Data is the key to everything, it tells us where to stop funding and where to start” remarked Dr Waqo.  The workshop was attended by key stakeholders including the Division of Health Informatics and the Division of Disease Surveillance & Response and key partners in malaria control. The research activity was led by Dr. Sophie Githinji, a researcher within the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.
The project was funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative through the U.S. Agency for International Development to Management Sciences for Health, Health Commodities and Services Management Program.