Kenya Emergency Medical Care Policy 2020-2030

Dr Mercy Mwangangi, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Ministry of Health at the opening of the 5th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (#AfCEM20) in Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenya Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Policy 2020-2030 is the first-ever policy in Kenya that seeks to establish a working Emergency Medical Care (EMC) System as a key component of the healthcare system in the country. The policy also speaks to the World Health Assembly resolution WHA 72.16 of 21 May 2019 which urged member states to create policies for sustainable funding, effective governance and universal access to safe, high-quality, needs-based emergency care for all as part of universal health coverage. In developing this policy, the Ministry of Health (MOH) aims to ensure access to the highest standards of emergency medical care in Kenya as envisioned in The Constitution of Kenya (2010) and the Health Act (2017) which guarantees every Kenyan the right to emergency medical treatment.

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Public health facilities in Kenya with emergency services now on Google maps

Charles Murito - Country Manager, Google Kenya explains the partnership with EMK Foundation to improve access to emergency care in Kenya through Google.

Google in partnership with Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation (EMKF), Ministry of Health and BP Systems Online, have mapped public hospitals with emergency medical care services across the country on Search and Maps enabling Kenyans to navigate online with ease by searching “emergency centre near me” and find their closest hospital as part of Project 47: Emergency Departments in 47 Counties . Additionally, patients can now easily find opening times, contact numbers and the emergency services offered in the public hospitals online.