(2016; 119 pages)
The Kenya Essential Medicines List 2016 is an indispensable guide to the medicines recommended for the management of common conditions in Kenya. It is primarily directed at health care providers and medicines supply managers in the public and non-public health sectors. It should be used together with the current versions of updated national clinical guidelines for those conditions for which such guidelines exist.
As technical and administrative guides for the health sector, these documents should also be of great interest and usefulness to healthcare trainers, trainees, interns and researchers as well others who may have an interest in, or responsibility for, the national health system.
The medicines recommended in the KEML have been carefully and systematically selected using a meticulous process, applying well-defined criteria and based on the latest available and internationally accepted evidence on best therapeutic practice.
Therefore, they are the optimum set of medicines needed to ensure provision of the Kenya Essential Package for Health (KEPH), which is part of the sector’s comprehensive approach for health services delivery to the population. The KEML is published in the context of ongoing health reforms aimed at reversing the declining trends in the national health status, by ensuring equitable access to healthcare services.
The KEML is an indispensable guide for ensuring access to Essential Medicines, aimed at stimulating investment in local pharmaceutical production, procurement and supply systems, improved prescribing and dispensing of medicines, as well as strategies for healthcare financing and for Appropriate Medicines Use (AMU). Routine use as recommended can be expected to have a major positive impact on the health status of Kenyans.