Strengthening Efforts Towards a Strategic Roadmap for Kenya’s Health Sector Integrated Diagnostic Network Optimization
Key stakeholders in Kenya’s health landscape have convened in a crucial workshop, signifying a milestone in the implementation of the Integrated Diagnostic Network Optimization (DNO). The ongoing meeting at the Sarova Hotel in Nakuru County is organized by the Ministry of Health – Disease Programs (TB, HIV, Cancer) in collaboration with key stakeholders. The meeting aims to chart a course that aligns with the Ministry’s 2024-2028 objectives for integrated TB, HIV, and HPV testing.
The baseline for DNO was first presented in December 2022. Since then, collaborative efforts have taken place involving the scrutiny of data inputs, demand estimation, and scenario planning. The ongoing workshop will validate the optimization analysis based on specific assumptions and pave the way for its implementation to enhance a patient-centric approach to diagnosis.
The stakeholders are engrossed in discussions spanning forecasting and quantifications, optimizing locations, Integrated and Sample Referral Systems and strategically placing diagnostic instruments. The optimization will emphasize a multi-disease testing approach and other innovative strategies.
To contribute to a robust implementation plan and for the DNO to effectively meet Kenya’s health objectives, the team is addressing interventions that will create demand, expand and harmonize specimen referral systems and install diagnostic instruments in strategic facilities.
The workshop brings together stakeholders from the National and County TB, AIDS & STI, and Cancer Control Programs, along with implementing and development partners who include USAID Kenya, Center for Disease Control, KEMRI, Amref Health Africa, FIND, Center for Health Solutions, AMPATH, LVCT, Jhpiego, APHL, HJFMRI, KCCB Komesha TB, among others.
According to Nancy Bowen, Head of the National HIV Reference Lab, the ongoing meeting serves as a testament to the collaborative spirit driving Kenya’s health initiatives.
“We are focusing on implementing the DNO and aligning with the Ministry of Health’s ambitious goals,” she said. “Our commitment is to transform strategies into actionable plans that will steer Kenya towards a healthier tomorrow.”