Shaping health policy in Kenya

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:14:00 BST

Early this year, the foreign secretary, Mr Dominic Raab signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of Kenya to develop health infrastructure in Kenya, the mutual benefits being recognised by both parties

Following on from this, in July the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Manchester Foundation Trust and the Christie Hospital signed an MOU with the Kenyan government at the Royal College of Physicians by Health and Social Care, in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Secretary of State, Sajid Javid.

The agreement operationalises the visions outlined by the foreign secretary and the government of Kenya, to include prevention and management of cancer in Kenya, improved through a partnership between Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) and the University of Manchester, Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Graham Lord, Dean for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health hosted a meeting at end of September with a Kenyan government delegation, including the permanent secretaries for Health and Labour, Chair of the Council of Governors and Hon Jeremy Lefroy to agree specific actions to deliver project plans co-developed between FBMH and the Ministry of Health, Kenya. The attendees also met representatives from the Manchester Foundation Trust, the Christie Hospital and the Northern Health Alliance who expressed full support and cooperation, participating in detailed discussions on the implementation plans and identification of sources of funding.

The conversation centred around developing cancer services across Kenya using a ‘hub and spoke’ model, developing a Kenyan centre of excellence in health education to meet the current and future needs for a highly skilled multi-professional health work force.

Vice Dean, Professor Mahesh Nirmalan said, “The commitment of the UoM to work with colleagues from Kenya in developing cancer services and human resource development is in keeping with our commitment to our Social Responsibility in the global arena. The progress made thus far despite the pandemic is most commendable.”