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National information to support improved health outcomes in Kenya discussed at KPA meeting

The Ministry of Health is working towards improving the classification of deaths in Kenya so that they can meet international standards, ICD-10 (the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Standards on classification of deaths across Africa and Kenya included, are poor. At our health facilities, the sequence of disease and finally the cause of death are not well documented. Speaking at a Kenya Pediatric Association (KPA) meeting on Saturday 12th November at the Gracia gardens, a Senior Health Information Manager at the Ministry of Health, Samuel Cheburet said Kenya has a lot to improve on, when documenting deaths. He urged health workers to be prudent in recording deaths so as to generate better statistical data. He reported that the Ministry of Health will continue working closely with county hospitals to train health workers on the expected international standards of reporting.

Other discussions at the KPA meeting were on; when is using research methods not research, electronic medical records, pragmatic randomized trials, multi-site audits, routine data and changing practices, tracking and understanding adoption of technologies and a multi-purpose Kenya pediatric network.

Dr Rachel Nyamai, the Head of Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health, closed the meeting that had pediatricians, health records information officers and nurses in attendance. KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, the Kenya Pediatric Association and the Ministry of Health organized the meeting.