In collaboration with local government, community, and civil society organizations, the project strives to strengthen the health systems in the Meru county and surrounding regions within the next three years by raising public awareness about NCDs, reducing stigma, improving clinical care and delivering better patient aftercare services.
Following careful study of the disease burden in Africa, the initiative focuses on promoting awareness and understanding of diabetes, hypertension and cancer, including prevention, screening, early detection, and treatment through customized public education materials, campaigns and engagement by Community Health Workers (CHWs).
Recognizing that every healthcare professional in the region will need to provide care for patients who have a life-threatening illness such as cancer, Takeda works closely with the county government and Ministry of Health of Kenya to improve clinical care and patient support services – increasing the number of trained health workers, improving the quality of service provision, and managing adequate stock of diagnostic equipment, medicines and consumables. Takeda will also help roll out the expansion of the Telemedicine and Telepathology services at Meru County Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).
To address medicines stock outs and shortages, the program will ensure healthcare workers are trained on supply chain management; that a Point of Care (POC) facility is established in Meru County; and that technology is provided for managing stock.
Enhancing the efficiency of health reporting at the community level is also key to understanding and effectively addressing access challenges in underserved markets. Together with partners, Takeda is working with community health workers in Meru County to improve NCD understanding by collecting data through a mobile community health reporting tool – Mobile Jamii Afya Link (M-Jali) – developed by Amref Health Africa. The objective is to help form a deeper and more holistic understanding of the local health challenges, and to translate this knowledge through advocacy to policy in collaboration with local and regional governments.
Annual meetings will be conducted where data generated from the program activities will be shared, while a cancer registry will be established in Meru County to be maintained by the Meru County Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in collaboration with the Cancer Registry Department at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
Through this partnership we will also work with the National Ministry of Health to bring key stakeholders together to form an Access to Medicines advisory group for Kenya’s national medicines procurement and distribution agency, Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). The group will be tasked with supporting a robust logistics and supply chain ecosystem to ensure continuous supply and access to quality medication within the community pharmacies in the areas of implementation.
Takeda’s strategic partnerships formed through Blueprint for Success enable us to not only implement global best practice but also ensure that our initiatives are providing high-quality, culturally competent patient support for the longer term. We will continue to work closely with local communities, governments and healthcare workers to scale these efforts to other parts of Kenya and the Sub-Saharan region.
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