Availability of comprehensive information on service availability and readiness of facilities to offer quality health services is key in informing policies to achieve Universal Health Coverage. For this reason, Kenya's Ministry of Health, together with development partners and counties, has planned to carry out a Harmonized Health Facility Assessment.
Key health indicators in Garissa County in eastern Kenya have improved in recent years. Skilled deliveries for women in childbirth have increased from 23% in 2013 to 45% in 2017, and the number of children immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases has risen by more than 20% in the same time period. Improved health data is being seen as one of the important drivers of these advances.
Kenya’s Ministry of Health is developing a Kenya Health Observatory (KHO) to improve the availability and use of health information. The observatory is planned to be an open-access one-stop-shop for data and statistics, including research data, and will facilitate active tracking of the state and determinants of health in the country.
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