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Availability of essential medicines and medical devices (non-pharmaceuticals) are an important input in the delivery of quality health services. Whereas the regulation and quality assurance of pharmaceutical products is relatively well defined and documented, the same cannot be said of medical devices. Medical devices in Kenya face a number of challenges including a lack of standards, lack of legislation and regulations relating to the quality, safety and efficacy of these products; poor coordination and communication among various stakeholders involved in the medical devices supply chain; low budget prioritization (compared to pharmaceuticals) and poor tracking and reporting system of quality issues. All these challenges lead to poor quality a situation which imparts negatively on patient and health care worker safety and increases treatment and medical waste costs.
Inadequate management competencies (such as skills, knowledge and attitude) among health workers have been identified as a challenge in ensuring patient safety through acquisition of quality medical devices.
Patient Safety: Towards Improving Healthcare Delivery program which was held at Strathmore Business School and sponsored by B Braun Melsengun AG in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Health Sector Program (HSP) completed its first module on Friday 16th March 2012.
The program attracted participants who were mainly operational level managers involved in making decisions at operational levels in the healthcare sector, procurement and supply chain management of medical devices.
B. Braun Melsungen AG is one of the world´s leading healthcare suppliers with expansive experience in innovative design, engineering and manufacturing of medical devices with greatly enhanced patient and caregiver safety. Through exchanging knowledge with its customers, B.Braun helps to improve treatments and working procedures in hospitals and medical practice and to increase the safety of patients, doctors and nursing staff.
GIZ is the technical arm of the German Development Cooperation (GDC). GDC has been active in Kenya on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1975. Cooperation focuses on three priority areas agriculture, health and water. The overall objective of the GIZ HSP in Kenya is, “Access to good and affordable health care, particularly in reproductive health is improved.”