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Meeting with IntraHealth Human Resources for Health

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A Brief on the Meeting with IntraHealth Human Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya

The meeting took place on Friday July 2018, Varsity Plaza, Kisumu.
The HRH Kenya Mechanism is a 5-year Project (2016 –2021) funded by The Presidents Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief, (PEPFAR), through the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID). The project is implemented by IntraHealth International Inc. and its partners - AMREF health Africa and Strathmore University Buisness School, (SBS). The
mandate of HRH Kenya is to strengthen health workforce training and management to achieve improved health outcomes. HRH Kenya collaborates with 30 training institutions that comprise 8 lead and 22 satellite training institutions. These institutions serve and support training of health workers in 27 counties that are organised in five clusters, namely; Lake Basin, Western, Rift Valley, Coast and Nairobi (including Central and Eastern).
Maseno University School of Medicine is the lead institution for the Lake Basin Cluster consisting of 6 counties – Homa Bay, Kisumu, Kisii, Migori, Nyamira and Siaya. There is a Service Contract, signed in September 2017, outlining the roles and responsibilities of Maseno University and IntraHealth HRH Kenya.
The key responsibilities of the University through the School of Medicine are to deliver in-service training of health workforce in the Lake Basin cluster counties in the areas identified in the Ministry of Health, (MOH), Training Needs Assessment, (TNA), 2016 report, in conjunction with HRH Kenya and County departments of health; to capture and submit training data in the open-source on-line Integrated Human Resources Information System (iHRIS); and to conduct post-training assessment of participants trained.
In line with these responsibilities, Maseno University and HRH Kenya teams held a review meeting on July 13, 2018 in Varsity Plaza, Kisumu Campus to develop mechanisms for incorporating iHRIS in HRH-related academic programmes, and for the management staff and students at the University’s schools of health sciences comprising of the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and School of Nursing.
The University team consisting of faculty representing the three schools, was led by Prof. Wilson Odero, Dean School of Medicine while IntraHealth was represented by Mr Peter Milo, Team Lead, Health Workforce Training; Robert Nguni, Team Lead HRIS and Ann Malubi, HRH Coordinator, Lake Basin Cluster.
The meeting resolved to undertake the following:

  • Constitute a Taskforce Working Group (TWG) to coordinate the planning, development and implementation of iHRIS activities at the University.
  • Provide orientation/sensitisation of faculty on iHRIS for better understanding of its structure and application for HRH management
  • Pilot the use of iHRIS at Maseno University-Schools of Health Sciences for staff management and students tracking.
  • Identify iHRIS aspects that can be included in selected pre-service programmes and incorporate into the relevant curricula.
  • Track and report on the implementation of iHRIS institutionalisation at the University.
  • Conceptualise, plan and implement training of TOTs and in-service training for counties and partners on iHRIS
  • Develop milestones for the institutionalisation of the system