"... and on the either side of the river was there the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruit, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." ... Rev 22.2

The CHAK Annual Health Conference and Annual General Meeting 2017 was held on May 2-4 at the 2017 All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) Desmond Tutu Guest House & Conference Centre, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. 

The conference whose theme was “Re-engineering faith based health services business model towards sustainable quality healthcare” provided a rich forum for sharing of experiences by the CHAK network and partners on sustainability models and the use of technology to enhance efficiency. 

CHAK Chairman Rev. Dr. Robert Lang’at delivered the devotion and welcoming remarks at the conference. 

Health sector partners were on hand to deliver insights into the subject of delivering quality health care sustainably. 

Safaricom’s Product Manager, Social Innovations, Violet Njuguna, gave an insightful presentation on the top mobile communication company’s role in providing solutions for the health sector. Among the solutions currently available are m-health, m-tiba, among others.  

Dr. K. Gakombe from the Kenya Health Federation gave insights from the private sector on success drivers in sustainable health care. 

Representatives from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) took participants through a presentation on FBOs’ partnership with the fund for universal health coverage. Mr Ambrose Lugho took the conference participants through the 11 benefit packages from NHIF and urged CHAK health facilities to continue partnering with the health insurer to increase access to quality and affordable health care among communities. An overview of the Linda Mama maternity financing programme by the NHIF was also given. 

On health informatics and research, Dr Peter Cherutich from the Ministry of Health stressed on the need for a good governance system to guide the rapidly growing sector and added the government was already working on a personal health ID for every Kenyan.   

CHAK departments and programmes shared on their achievements and partnerships over the last one year. These achievements have been compiled into the Association's Annual Report 2016 to be disseminated to the CHAK network and partners.  

Several CHAK member hospitals also talked on their efforts towards sustainability and re-engineering their services as follows: 

  • Medical education and diversification of specialized services – Tenwek Hospital
  • Brand building and cross country outreach – AIC Cure International Hospital
  • Re-engineering infrastructure, governance, management, services and HMIS – Maua Methodist Hospital
  • Providing accessible, quality, specialized services to vulnerable children – BethanyKids
  • Towards making specialized services accessible – NCCK Jumuia Hospitals
  • Urban centres service outlets – AIC Kijabe Hospital
  • Lab quality accreditation benefits – AIC Kijabe and PCEA Chogoria hospitals
  • Quality improvement systems – AIC Litein and PCEA Chogoria hospitals 

Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) took the opportunity to do a survey on the quality of their services by distributing a questionnaire to the conference participants. A good chunk of CHAK member health units buy drugs and medical supplies from MEDS. Dr Jane Masiga from MEDS shared the results of the findings with the conference participants and urged the CHAK network to continue supporting MEDS by increasing the quantities they purchased. MEDS is jointly owned by CHAK and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). 

The Annual Health Conference discussions will be compiled into a report to be shared widely with CHAK members and partners. 

AGM

During the AGM held on May 4, 2017, Rev. Dr. Robert Lang’at was re-elected to continue serving as CHAK chairman for another two-year period while Mr William Shimanyula was re-elected to continue serving as Treasurer for another two-year period. Additionally, Ms. Christine Kimotho was re-elected vice-treasurer while Mr. Samuel Maati was re-elected as the Nyanza/South Rift region chair. 

The AGM also received the Chairman’s report and Association’s financial report. Mazaars (CPAK) were re-appointed CHAK auditors for the next one year. 

Launch of new CHAK Strategic Plan 2017-2022

The new CHAK Strategic Plan 2017-2022 whose theme is ‘promoting universal access to quality health care in the devolved health system in Kenya through advocacy, capacity building, health systems strengthening, partnerships and innovative health  programs’ was also launched. 

The six-year plan has its core activities organized into five strategic directions: 

  1. Health service delivery
  2. Health systems strengthening
  3. Capacity building and research
  4. Advocacy and Partnerships
  5. Sustainable financing and resource management

CHAK’s vision is ‘Quality Healthcare for all to the glory of God while the mission is ‘to facilitate provision of quality health services through health systems strengthening, innovative health programs, training, advocacy and partnerships as a witness to the healing ministry of Christ’. 

The Association’s values have been identified as follows: 

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Equity

 

  

 

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