On Wednesday, June 13th, the HQSS secretariat had the opportunity to meet with First Lady of the Republic of Kenya and HQSS Commissioner, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta. The First Lady was joined by several of her senior staff, including Chief of Staff Ms. Constance Gakonyo and Kenyan Ambassador to the United States Mr. Robinson Githae.
The First Lady was in Cambridge to take part in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program which aims to enhance leadership effectiveness among world leadership. Mrs. Kenyatta and her staff were kind enough to join the HQSS team at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health in order to discuss the Commission Report and how the findings align with the First Lady’s work with Beyond Zero.
In the meeting, Dr. Kruk shared the Commission’s key findings and recommendations as well as Kenya-specific evidence on quality from the Commission’s work, including studies on hospital quality from Commissioner Dr. Mike English and his team at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi. The Office of the First Lady shared the “Strategic Framework for the Engagement of the First Lady in the Promotion of Healthy Lives and Well-Being of Women, Children and Adolescents” and discussed her work on the Beyond Zero Initiative. There were several synergies including the First Lady’s proposal for centers of excellence in maternal and child care in each of Kenya’s counties that can set the standard for high quality care in the health system.
Dr. Kruk then presented the Commission’s plans for dissemination, including launches in Washington on September 6 and Liverpool on October 9. The group discussed the potential for a Kenya national launch of the Commission report to support Kenya’s efforts to expand universal health coverage with quality at its center.
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