On 30th July 2019, the Programme hosted the First Annual Nairobi Stakeholders Forum. The Forum was held as a recognition of the value KEMRI-Wellcome places on its stakeholders, partners and collaborators; particularly in its quest to feed research results into local, and international policy and clinical practice. The Forum provided a platform for open exchange of ideas between researchers at the programme and their stakeholders.
Dr. Charles Nzioka, head of the Directorate of Health Policy Research and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health (MoH) officially opened the Forum and read-out a speech on behalf of the Dr. Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health. In the speech, Dr. Aman thanked the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust for its commitment to improve the use of evidence in decision making for health in the country. Dr Aman highlighted the Health Benefits Package Advisory Panel (HBAP) and the NHIF Reform Panel of Experts as examples of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust’s welcome contribution in expert panels and Technical Working Groups which improved the quality of health policy and discourse as well as the Kenya’s capacity for evidence informed decision making.
During the first plenary session, Prof. Phillip Bejon provided an overview of the Programme, its history and contributions to global health. Dr. Edwine Barasa, gave a snapshot of the breath of work at the Nairobi programme including the research focus of the, Health Economics Research Unit (HERU); Health Services Unit; Population Health Unit; Gender Working Group; Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN); Malaria Case Management Group and Vector Control and Management group.
After the first plenary, the Forum proceeded into four break-out sessions hosted by the Health Economics Research Unit; the Health Services Unit; the Population Health Unit and the Gender Working Group. The break-out sessions were designed to tease-out new modalities of cooperation as well as identify new research areas.
Stakeholders in the Health Economics Research Unit break-out session indented referral systems, funding flows, costing and provider-provider contractual obligations as priority research areas. On the other hand, the Health Services Unit focused on setting priorities for the health-workforce research and embedding research into routine clinical work.
The Population Health Unit resolve to identify co-create research and improve data quality in conjunction with stakeholders. The Gender Working Group used the nominal group to identify research priorities in gender and health, they include, gender and Universal Health Coverage; gender disaggregated data; and cross sectorial collaboration for gender and health research.
Dr Benjamin Tsofa presided over the last plenary session, where rapporteurs provided reports and commitments from all the break-out sessions. Dr Tsofa thanked stakeholders for their participation and commitment, and affirmed the Programme’s assurance of working, walking with stakeholders every step of the way.
We look forward to the Nairobi Stakeholder Forum 2020!