WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE KENYA MOH’S DIVISION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH in a lifetime opportunity to select, develop, test and implement its electronic community health information system (eCHIS), described in detail in our Q2 report. The current focus for government and its technical, implementing and funding partners has been to develop a costed digitization strategy for Kenya, which is being led by two consultants seconded to MOH by Living Goods. Following months of remote collaboration to finalize, collate and harmonize the strategy outputs, the technical working groups had their first in-person workshops in September to begin finalizing their approaches. Following some essential funding from Johnson & Johnson earlier in the project, Living Goods is pleased to have secured grant funding from the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO, formerly DFID) to support the Government of Kenya in their eCHIS work.
In October, we were selected from over 550 applications as one of nine finalists for the COVIDaction Resilient Health Systems Awards, which sought innovations supporting sustainable essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In addition to some modest financial support, Living Goods will benefit from technical assistance and peer learning opportunities in support of the eCHIS initiative. This award follows a previous grant we received from FCDO’s Digital Access Program that supported the use of digital technology in community-level pandemic response essential health service delivery in seven Kenyan counties we are supporting.