Kenya Emergency Medical Care Policy 2020-2030

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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5th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (#AfCEM20)

The 5th African Conference on Emergency Medicine (#AfCEM20) was an exclusively digital experience that engaged a diverse group of attendees from across Africa and other regions of the world.  

#AfCEM20 featured more than 500 emergency care professionals and hours of intensive education living up to its reputation as Africa’s largest emergency care educational event and the best place for networking and connecting to some of the most respected and known emergency care practitioners in Africa and the world. 

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Community Health Workers in Emergency Care

CHWs have shown great efficacy in reducing mortality and morbidity associated with multiple disease categories and help to fill healthcare worker shortages worldwide. Utilising CHWs to provide emergency care in the community requires a focus on their formal training and can strengthen the emergency care system overall.

Emergency Hotlines

Emergency Hotlines establish a reliable fixed-line system that is able to improve emergency care and reduce mortality and morbidity through improved communication and collaboration with emergency care centres.

Effective Positioning of Emergency Care Centres in Kenya

In order to provide quality emergency care, emergency care centres need to be developed with an understanding of current geographical disparities and careful planning to create a network of emergency care centres that is sufficient to meet the needs of the population. This is key to ensure country-wide access to emergency care within the “golden hour” window.

Road Traffic Crash Response & Emergency Medical Care

The utilisation of bystander training programs targeted at groups such as boda-boda riders and PSV drivers can assist in closing prehospital emergency care management gaps; while the creation of trauma centres institutes the first step in creating a trauma network to more efficiently address post-crash emergency care.

Defining Emergency Care Centres across Kenya

Emergency care is a key component of any healthcare system in protecting the health of a population and preventing mortality and morbidity. Right to emergency care is protected in Kenya, but in order to optimise this, there must be the promotion of a common language and universal knowledge.

Machakos County: A Model for Emergency Care in the Counties

Machakos County is currently leading in the adoption of the Kenya Emergency Medical Care Policy 2020-2030 developed by the Ministry of Health. Based on the WHO Emergency Care Systems Framework, the Machakos County Emergency Medical Care System is proof that we can have a functioning emergency care system across the different Counties and across the Country.

Emergency Medical Care: The Neglected Disease in Kenya

On 23rd July 2020, the Emergency Medicine Kenya (EMK) Foundation presented this report to The Senate Standing Committee on Health, The Republic of Kenya that summarises the current practice of emergency medical care in Kenya and identifies priority actions for use by policymakers and other stakeholders as a roadmap toward strengthening emergency care in the country.