Site Visits

Visit to “Maker Movement for MNCH” Space

Kenya Ministry of Health, UNICEF, Concern Worldwide | 15 – 20 Participants

To address the acute shortage of essential MNCH equipment in Kenya, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health-Kenya with funding from the Philips Foundation partnered with Concern Worldwide, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, KEBS  – Kenya Bureau of Standards and KIPI – Kenya Industrial property institute to implement the “Maker Movement for MNCH” (“Maker”). This concept originated from Concern’s Innovations for MNH program that was an eight-year initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Maker is an innovative partnership comprised of “Makers” or innovators from the University of Nairobi and clinicians and biomedical engineers from Kenyatta National Hospital. The project harnesses the creativity of “Makers”: an increasingly interconnected global community of inventors, tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers, often using newly available tools, equipment and technologies like electronics, robotics, and desk-top manufacturing. The project is testing the viability of creating a network, the “Maker Hub”:  linking local makers, biomedical engineers and MNCH practitioners to design, prototype and test low-cost, high quality, locally produced essential equipment and spare parts. The aims is to leverage this community’s strengths — ingenuity, problem-solving, and democratized design and manufacturing to help overcome the obstacles of fully equipping points of care for quality MNCH service delivery.

The project, with virtual extensions to over 400 FABLABs globally, is situated on the University of Nairobi campus and was renovated and retrofitted with modern equipment to improve its prototyping capacity. Participants will visit the Maker site and have an opportunity to discuss and interact with the Makers, view first-hand what projects have been prototyped and are undergoing clinical testing, and have conversations on the process from conceptualization to production of locally made MNCH equipment.

A few examples of the prototyped MNC devices that will be on display include: anti-shock garment, phototherapy unit, examination lamp, delivery bed, delivery cushion, and a drip stand and suction machine.

Service Delivery Through the Continuum of Care

Kenya Ministry of Health & UNICEF | 15 – 20 Participants

The site visit will begin at a health facility, at an MNCH clinic where the participants will observe basic primary health services provided to women and children. The participants will then go into the community and have a conversation with a CHV on the services they provide and the linkage they give with the health facility. From there the participants can visit a household with a pregnant women, a child under five or newborn to discuss the services provided to them by CHVs.

Visit to Living Goods – – Thika Branch, Kiambu

Living Goods | 20 participants

Living Goods aims to save lives at scale by supporting digitally-empowered community health workers. We work with governments and partners to leverage smart mobile technology, rigorously strengthen performance, and relentlessly innovate to cost-effectively deliver high quality, impactful health services. Since 2015, Living Goods has worked closely with Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and county-level governments to strengthen the health system by recruiting, training, and supporting a network of community health workers (CHWs), known locally as Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).

The Six key Elements that define Our approach and drives our impact in Thika includes:- Ensuring  availability of Empowered Community Health Workers to Deliver On-Demand in Thika,  Collaborating with the County team to Achieve National Impact, Employing Rigorous Performance Management and Smart Incentives, Leveraging on Disruptive Mobile Technology, Having an Integrated Platform that avoids Inefficiencies of Single-Issue Health Strategies,  and Ensuring Access to Life-Saving Drug. The branch supports a total of 10 Community Units and 85 Active Community Health Volunteers in Thika.  A tour through the LG Branch depicts an office that is not only an official working space for staff but also a place with a well-organized warehouse which contains a range of medicines and health-related products provided and sold by CHWs to their clients at the house hold level.

Another important component of the branch is the availability of computer-based system used in data management. The system provides access to real-time dashboards that Supervisors in this case Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) use to monitor CHVs performance on key health indicators such as the number of children under five treated for an illness and number of new pregnancies registered etc.

Site visits are included in conference registration.