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Kenya on Tuesday urged developing countries to adopt innovative community health service delivery approaches in preventing diseases.

Rashid Aman, chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Health noted that countries stand to reap substantial and tangible direct and indirect health benefits.

“Innovative community health empowers households and communities to take charge of improving their own health thus mitigating infrastructural and human resource challenges,” Ana said during the global health practitioner conference on community health in Nairobi.

Aman said that the approach can help developing countries realize remarkable overall economic value.

“Adaption of innovative health service delivery approaches can help solve over-stretched public funding and continued heavy dependence on development partners funding for the health sector.

The official noted that community health primarily focuses on preventive and promotive health interventions that prevent and address illness early before conditions become complicated and more expensive to treat.

Aman revealed that Kenya will be able to use the essential services needed for the health and wellbeing of all citizens through a single unified benefit package, without the risk of financial catastrophe through Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2022.

“Frequent outbreaks of communicable diseases, as well as rising incidences of non-communicable diseases, the world over point to the urgency of embracing delivery models that generate the best possible health outcomes using limited available resources,” he added.

The global health practitioners’ conference, is the first regional conference on community health and it promotes and safeguards health in communities and creates new models for reaching the most marginalized populations to end preventable maternal, new-born and child deaths.

Aman said that Kenya is the process of digitizing data collection at the community level through the adoption of mobile phone technology based e-health tools which eventually sync data into the national Kenya Health Information System database.

The data collected, he said, will help support evidence-based decision making such as the rapid deployment of personnel to address disease outbreaks as well as support for weaker frontline health workers.

Aman said that the government has recently completed the development of primary health strategy and is currently in the process of reviewing community health strategy.

“We are looking forward to creating a sense of ownership and increasing motivation among community health workers through training, equipping and provision of stipends,” he noted. Enditem

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