International meeting in Nairobi 2014

Participants at the congress listen to presentations

The 10th International congress on tropical paediatrics got off to a good start on Sunday August 24th 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta International Conference Center. The KEMRI- Wellcome Trust team provided updates on part of the work they are doing in health systems research. This work involves strengthening and improving hospital data collection and use of the same. It aims at improving the quality of care in maternal, newborn and child health.

Prof Mike English
Prof. Mike English at the 10th ICTP congress at KICC

KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, KWTRP, supports improved data collection and use of this hospital data through the Clinical Information Network, CIN. This is a collaborative project with the Ministry of Health, the Kenya Paediatric Association and County hospitals. The project has been rolled out in 14 county hospitals i.e. Machakos, Embu, Kiambu, Kerugoya, Nyeri, Mama Lucy, Mbagathi, Kisumu, Kisumu East, Mbale, Vihiga, Kitale, Busia, Kakamega

Dr Grace Irimu
Dr Grace Irimu shares her points with participants at the congress

The initial focus in these hospitals, is in-patients paediatric wards. The initial aim is to: improve routine mortality and morbidity data, to improve data available to hospitals, to develop systems for enhanced data collection, to work with hospitals to use data, to develop systems for reporting data to hospitals, counties and nationally and to explore whether better information improves quality of care.

Dr Jacqueline Oliwa of KWTRP at the far right joins a panel of health workers on a Q and A from participants on ‘improving the quality of care in maternal, newborn and child health’