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URC Presents Key Results and Contributes to Resolutions at African Health Ministers’ Conference
Dr. Stephen Kinoti, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor for the USAID Health Care Improvement Project and Senior Research Advisor for the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project, recently presented the keynote address at the 54th Annual East, Central, and Southern African (ECSA) Health Ministers’ Conference in Mombasa, Kenya.
Addressing the conference theme of “Consolidating the Gains: Addressing High Impact Interventions for Improved Health,” Dr. Kinoti presented on “Improving Institutional Capacity for Health Research and Use” to more than 200 senior government officials, policy makers, health professionals, researchers, and academics from East, Central, and Southern Africa.
Presentation of Uganda Project Results
Dr. Kinoti also presented results from the Integrated Infectious Disease Capacity-Building Evaluation Project (IDCAP) in Uganda. His presentation, entitled “Impact of Integrated Management of Infectious Diseases Training and Onsite Support on Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment of Seriously Ill Patients in Uganda: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” spurred conversation about the integration of training, onsite support linked to mentoring and coaching, quality data gathering, and sustainability.
Dr. Humphrey Megere, Chief of Party (COP) of the HCI Uganda Project, and Dr. Margaret Kyenkya, COP of the recently completed Uganda Food and Nutrition Interventions (NuLife) Project, also presented at the conference: Dr. Megere on “Building on HIV Care to Strengthen Systems for Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Management in Rural Uganda” and Dr. Kyenkya on “A Seven-step Approach to Integrating Nutritional Assessment, Care, and Support (NACS) into the Care of HIV/AIDS-infected and Affected Individuals.”
Demonstration of New Rapid Diagnostic Technology
Other key URC activities included a joint technical presentation with Fio Corporation, as well as demonstrations of Fio’s SmartReader rapid diagnostic, data capture, and dissemination device. The SmartReader aims at overcoming priority global health challenges, including applications for malaria testing and database system development in the Latin America and Africa regions.
Contributing to Resolutions
The conference was divided into three sections: 1) the Best Practices Forum to present scientific papers, research results, and evidence and make recommendations to the Directors Joint Consultative Committee (DJCC); 2) the DJCC meeting to review forum recommendations and submit them as draft resolutions to the Health Ministers; and 3) the Health Ministers meeting to review and adopt the proposed resolutions.
Dr. Kinoti’s participation on the DJCC contributed to the adoption of several resolutions, namely:
- ECSA/HMC54/R2: On Research Capacity and Utilization;
- ECSA/HMC54/R3: Accelerating the Response to Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs);
- ECSA/HMC54/R5: Strengthen the Integration of Programmes, with a focus on attainment of MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] 4, 5 and 6; and
- ECSA/HMC54/R6: On Innovative Uses of Health Information Technologies and Systems.
The ECSA Health Minister’s Conference was co-sponsored by Kenya’s health ministries and the East, Central, and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), an inter-governmental health organization that fosters and strengthens regional cooperation and capacity to address common health challenges facing the region.
*Niambi Wilder is URC’s Communications Coordinator.