(2016; 71 pages)
The Kenya Essential Medical Supplies List 2016 is an indispensable guide to medical supplies recommended for use in the management of common conditions in Kenya. It is primarily directed at health care providers and medical supplies managers in all health sectors (public, faith-based, private). It should be used together with the current versions of updated national clinical guidelines for conditions where 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 medical supplies recommended in the KEMSL 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 clinical practice and patient management.
Therefore, they are the optimum set of medical supplies 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 KEMSL 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 KEMSL is a key guide for ensuring access to Essential Medical Supplies, aimed at stimulating investment in local production, procurement and supply systems, and improved utilisation of medical supplies, as well as strategies for healthcare financing and for Appropriate Medical Supplies Use (AMSU). Routine use as recommended can be expected to have a major positive impact on the health status of Kenyans.