PROJECT 47 | Emergency Care in 47 Counties
PROJECT 47 |
in 47 Counties
An increasing number of patients with emergencies currently present to hospitals across Kenya. This is due to the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension), mental illness and trauma (largely secondary to road traffic injuries) in the background of an already existing large burden of communicable diseases. Unfortunately, the healthcare system is often dysfunctional and fails Kenyans. This is because emergency medical care has never been an integral component of Kenya’s healthcare system.
In 2013, Kenya transitioned into a devolved system of governance comprising two levels: the national government and 47 semiautonomous county governments. Under devolution, the health service delivery function was transferred to county governments while the national government retained policy and regulatory functions.
To develop a sustainable emergency medical care system in all the 47 Counties that is appropriate for the local healthcare system, EMKF in 2018 developed a blueprint for emergency medical care system development in Kenya aptly dubbed ‘Project 47‘.
- To support the development of integrated National and County infrastructure to ensure universal access to emergency medical care
- To ensure the highest quality of service delivery across the emergency medical care system
- To help establish mechanisms for the financing of emergency medical care
- To support emergency medical care human resource development and management
- To establish systems for monitoring, evaluation, surveillance and research on emergency medical care
- To strengthen emergency medical care leadership and governance
Charles Murito - Former Country Manager, Google Kenya explains the partnership with EMK Foundation to improve access to emergency care in Kenya through Google.
Dr Mulwa, CEC Health, Makueni County and Chair of the Health Committee, Council of Governors, during the Project 47 Report breakfast meeting