The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) entered into a historic agreement to partner with Strathmore Business School to provide thought leadership on all matters health, and to support the governments at county and national level to chart the most appropriate course for the health sector.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Dean of Strathmore Business School, Dr. George Njenga noted that Kenyas transition from a centralized to a devolved form of government has continued to experience teething problems that have made it less likely for the country to achieve its health and development targets. He further stressed that deeply ingrained infrastructure inequalities and the inability to attract and retain health personnel continue to pose key challenges to the sustainability of national and county health systems. Strathmore, through the Institute for Healthcare Management and the Centre for Research in Therapeutic Sciences will work with the KMA to organize forums for engagement with stakeholders in health in order to critique and provide direction for the health sector.
It will also work to jointly develop research and training programs that address the most critical healthcare challenges in Kenya and beyond.
The Chair of KMA, Dr. Elly Nyaim on the other hand acknowledged that the health sector is grappling with a number of transitional issues, including human resource management and the need to balance financing and quality of healthcare. KMA as the national professional association for medical professionals in Kenya will continue to provide technical guidance and will support the development of leadership, management and administrative capabilities amongst its membership in addition to their traditional clinical management roles.
The new partnership heralds a new era of professional and evidence-based healthcare management that is key to reaping the benefits of devolution in the health sector.