BIMA POA LAUNCHES IN KISUMU EAST & SIAYA DISTRICTS

Clients que to register for Bima Poa services at Dophil Nursing and Maternity home

Clients que to register for Bima Poa services at Dophil Nursing and Maternity home

KMET and its partner Pharm Access have embarked on a series of mini launches of the Bima Poa health insurance plan in Kisumu East and Siaya districts.

The launches dubbed Bima Poa Information Days, Kicked off on 15th August in Dophil Maternity and Nursing Home in Siaya District and are bound to continue in five other selected health facilities up to 30th August.

Hundreds of Kisumu residents got education about the health plan during last week’s Bima Poa Information Days held at Godswill Medical Centre in Nyalenda and Nightingale Medical Centre in Kondele where they also accessed selected free medical services.

KMET Founding Executive Director, Monica Oguttu said that the health plan is bridging the gap by targeting a class that has been neglected for long by commercial health insurance plans.

Making sales...at Nightingale

Making sales…at Nightingale

Monica Oguttu, KMET founding Executive Director (second right), Ministry of health officials and partners from PharmAccess pose for a group photo outside Nightingale Medical Centre in Kisumu

Monica Oguttu, KMET founding Executive Director (second right), Ministry of health officials and partners from PharmAccess pose for a group photo outside Nightingale Medical Centre in Kisumu

“We want people to access quality health services and ail in dignity that is why we have partnered with the 6 hospitals which have been part of KMET’s Safe Care quality improvement program,” added Mrs Oguttu while addressing Ministry of Health officials at Nightingale Medical Centre.

Bima Poa targets low and middle-income earners in the community to enable them access quality in health services at a yearly premium of Ksh. 8000.

The premium payable in two instalments of Ksh.4000 covers outpatient treatment, maternity and referral services to six or less family members.

The Director expressed gratitude towards the support the ministry of health has been offering KMET in implementing its various projects adding that KMET looks forward to their support in this new product.

“In the spirit of Private Public Partnership, Bima Poa is here to complement the government’s efforts in achieving *millennium development goals number 4, 5 and 6,” she said.

Earlier that day the Bima Poa team trained KMET staff about the product and challenged them to be key ambassadors of the product as charity begins at home.

Present in the two lunches was also Pharm Access Country Director, Mechtild Van Den Homberg who said she was impressed by the roll out of the health plan.

* Millenium development goals 4, 5, 6 include:

  • To reduce child mortality
  • To improve maternal health;
  • To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases;

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KMET among Founders of the Association of Social Franchising for Health (ASFH)

KMET  hosted the fifth  National  Social Franchising  Steering Committee  meeting  that attracted  the participation of Population Services International (PSI) ,Gold Star Kenya, Family Health Options Kenya(F.H.O.K),MarieStopes,Kenya (MSK),Child  and Family Wellness(CFW) .

The six organizations met at the KMET Health Complex, the organization’s Headquarters at Tom Mboya in Kisumu County. The Association of Social Franchising for Health (ASFH) is expected to unite six leading Social Franchise Networks into one consolidated institutional body.

“The Association (ASFH) will take the lead in achieving rapid expansion of the delivery of health care services and promote access to healthy seeking behaviors within the marginalized communities” KMET, Executive Director Monica Oguttu said.

The National Social Franchising Steering Committee that draws the representation of all stakeholders from the six organization’s has organized an official launch of the Association of Social Franchising for Health (ASFH) later within the year, the consortium of social franchises will focus on the association’s primary goals of improving Access, Quality, Equity and Cost effectiveness of all sexual reproductive health services within its social franchises.

KMET Health Communications and Marketing, Programs Coordinator, Mr. Amos Onderi said ,”We intend to reach out to Private Providers to Identify, Bridge and Share best practices among the facilities franchised within the confines of the various social franchises”

Geva Family Health Services ,a newly branded Huduma Poa Health Network in Nyamasaria ,Kisumu County

Geva Family Health Services ,a newly branded Huduma Poa Health Network in Nyamasaria ,Kisumu County

Branding of Franchise Facilities

Elsewhere, KMET has currently branded 35 facilites and expects to fully brand a total of 50 facilities by end of September within the Huduma Poa Health Network within Nyanza, Western and the Rift Valley counties. ‘’This is good positioning for our facility and a mark of quality too’’, a newly recruited provider into Huduma Poa Health Network stated.

KMET as the franchisor of the Huduma Poa Health Network expects its network members to offer quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services including Family Planning, HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), Tuberculosis, Cervical Cancer Screening.

KMET and partners in the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) conference in Rift Valley

KMET being one of the leading non-profit institutions that play a major role in promotion of quality healthcare in Kenya joined other health provision partners in a public private partnership (PPP) conference held in Nakuru.

The 16th August 2013 conference envisions public and private sectors working together to ensure improved access to quality health care for all Kenyans.

Speaking during the event, Dr Jackson Songa defined the PPP model as a broad partnership between the private health providers and government, in which the public sector contracts (usually on a long-term basis) with the private sector for the provision of a public service.

PPP is necessary because of among other issues the government being under strong pressure to meet growing health care needs and expectations yet public health financing is low and severely constrained.

Monica Oguttu KMET founding executive director applauding private health institutions that have been actively involved in quality improvement through the Medical Credit Fund

Monica Oguttu KMET founding executive director applauding private health institutions that have been actively involved in quality improvement through the Medical Credit Fund

This also comes in the backdrop of a fast growing private health sector that is already playing a dominant role in the country with 42% of Kenyans relying on them for healthcare.

The partnership if fostered will leverage the strengths and complement the weaknesses of the public and private health sectors hence improved access to health services.

KMET has been actively involved in fostering partnerships with the health sector in various fronts. Since 1998, KMET has collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Maternal Health strategies in an effort to reduce Maternal Mortality & Morbidity.

Making a presentation during the conference, Monica Oguttu KMET Founding Executive Director echoed KMET’s efforts in improving access to affordable health care financing in the private sector and improving quality using Safecare standards through technical assistance, in partnership with Pharm Access.

In Implementing AphiaPlus HCM KMET is also targeting the private sector in collaboration with MOH to identify institutional and programmatic gaps and priorities required to support a social health franchise– Huduma Poa http://bit.ly/13L4bzw  funded by USAID through PSI.

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KMET and Pharm Access to Produce a Documentary on their initiatives

KMET and Pharm Access are in a 3-day process of shooting a 15-minute documentary to show how the two partners are helping to build functioning health systems by increasing quality in health care as well as demand for health care.

Dophil's improved pharmacy

Dophil’s improved pharmacy

The film crew lead by Johan Kortenray is from the Academic Medical Center from the University of Amsterdam and will be working from 14th-16th of August.

Johan Kortenray, Communication Director of  AMC (left) and his film crew members assess Dophil hospital for today's video shoot

Johan Kortenray, Communication Director of AMC (left) and his film crew members assess Dophil hospital for today’s video shoot

According to Prof. Joep Lange, founder member and chairperson of the advisory board of Pharm Access, the documentary will be screened in an annual event christened Anatomical Lessons that features a homily by researchers, scholars and scientists at the University of Amsterdam.

Prof. Joep is a special guest in the event and has been requested to present their work through a film about its partners and projects.

“KMET has done a lot in promoting access to quality healthcare and we would like to capture the work of the Huduma Poa health network, link it with MCF, Safe Care programs and the Bima Poa health plan,” said the professor who accompanied the film crew to Dophil Medical centre in Siaya.

Prof. Joep Lange, founder member and chairperson of the advisory board of Pharm Access in an interview with a KMET staff at Dophil

Prof. Joep Lange, founder member and chairperson of the advisory board of Pharm Access in an interview with a KMET staff at Dophil

The team conducted a pre-visit to Dophil Nursing and Maternity Home in Siaya, one of the hospitals that has benefited from the KMET/Pharm Access initiative to improve quality, safety and income associated with its health programs.

Dophil and other seven hospitals in Siaya and East Kisumu are also set to benefit from increased healthcare demand from the new KMET Bima Poa health insurance plan that is currently on pilot phase.

Huduma Poa Play a Major Role in the Sagam Medical Camp

registration in processKMET Huduma Poa Social franchise alongside other partners offered various medical services to about 3,000 patients in a two-day medical camp in Sagam School, Siaya County.

The Sagam Medical Camp held on 10th-11th of August in honour of Dr. Khama Rogo aimed at sensitizing community members within Western and Nyanza regions of Kenya on the value of good health in relation to quality medical services.

DR. Rogo is one of the founder members of KMET and a champion of women reproductive health and rights. He has served as the Vice President for Africa for Ipas, and serves as the Lead Health sector Specialist and Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health at The World Bank alongside sitting on KMET’s board of trustees.

Under Huduma Poa, 36 clients screened for cervical cancer, 16 women underwent ultrasound check-ups with majority women receiving short-term contraceptive methods.

line on huduma poaultrasoundKMET’s Bima Poa team, a health access plan that covers outpatient treatment and maternity care of 6 members in a family with an annual premium of Ksh. 8000 took the opportunity to explain the importance of having insurance health covers to the clients.

Households present also benefited from nutritional talks and products from KMET’s nutri-care department. Alongside the talks, they were able to purchase affordable nutritional flour from KMET.

KMET produces four types of porridge flour: EXTRA nutriflour that builds and increases one’s immunity, NENE nutriflour for weaning babies, AFYA nitri flour that is flavoured for the whole family use and NUTRI-MAMA  with special formula for expectant mothers.

Other Huduma Poa staff assisted in laboratory tests, dispensation of drugs in the pharmacy and in patient consultation rooms.

PPFA’s president visit to Uriri Youth Friendly Centre

KMET Exucutive Director Monica Ogutu, go through patient records together with Pamela Onyango, PPFA Director Africa (center) and PPFA president Cecile Richards (fourth left)

KMET Exucutive Director Monica Ogutu, go through patient records together with Pamela Onyango, PPFA Director Africa (center) and PPFA president Cecile Richards (fourth left)

Planned Parenthood Federation (PPFA) president Cecile Richards, on Wednesday 7th August paid an introductory visit to Uriri health facility where KMET and PPFA have collaborated in an intervention christened closing the gap.

The two organizations in partnership with the Ministry of health have worked in the Uriri health facility for a period of four months with an aim of strengthening the capacity of health facilities in Migori, Siaya and Kisumu counties to deliver quality comprehensive abortion care (CAC) services and contraceptive methods with focus on long-term contraceptive methods.

Consequently, KMET has trained 73 health providers on provision of CAC and youth friendly services, 40 youth peer providers and 60 Community health workers on demand creation for CAC and contraceptive services.

In addition, the partnership with PPFA has resulted in upgrading of the Uriri health facility with new CAC equipment to enable the youth friendly centres to provide quality services.

 Caroline Nyandat, KMET’s project coordinator for Reproductive Health Services, says the intervention has influenced a rise in statistics of women who access long-term contraceptive methods and comprehensive abortion care.

SAM_2129“We are pleased to note that in these few months there has been an increase from an initial 20% to now 40 % of young ladies who utilize various methods of long term contraceptive methods.  Also 15 clients having received CAC services within this period means we are on the right track to achieving our objectives,” she noted.

Monica Oguttu, KMET’s executive director who also joined the team in welcoming Cecile encouraged community health workers in Uriri to ensure youth friendly services endure by sensitizing more youth on reproductive health and about the youth friendly centre.