The launch of the Health Innovations Awards (HIA) in Kenya was held on the 29th March at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. This boosted the general HIA planning and organization process, geared towards the actual event (CHMI Gala Dinner) on May 2nd at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
The launch had over 50 participants including: Officials from the Ministry of Health Government of Kenya, Program Implementers, Donors, Researchers and members of the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF). The Media fraternity played a major role in promoting HIA event publicity, as clips of the launch were featured in News Bulletin of the day by some media houses.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lilian Kocholla, Director of Public Private Partnerships in the Ministry of Medical Services. She represented the Honorable Minister for Medical Services, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o, who was on official duty in Arusha -Tanzania.
In her speech, she pledged commitment of the Government to the initiative and endorsed the move to have the Health Innovation Awards, terming it as an innovative step in itself. Efforts made by private sector stakeholders in trying to make quality healthcare accessible and affordable to the vulnerable were applauded.
In her presentation, Dr. Maureen Nafula, the Executive Director of the Institute of Health Policy Management and Research (IHPMR), described in depth the HIA process and requirements. This served as a motivation to program implementers present to be involved in the process.
Entertainment from the Sarakasi dancers who had choreographed the HIA unveiling process brought the event to a colourful climax. More interest was generated from the audience, who at the end of the launch made inquiries on how they could be part of the process.
From Left-Right: IHPMR Chairman- Dr. George Masafu, Guest of Honor at the launch, Dr. Lilian Koncholla, Director of Public Private Partnerships at the Ministry of Medical Services, IHPMR Executive Director-Dr. Maureen Nafula, Master of Ceremony Lorna Irungu and the Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Healthcare Federation-Dr. Amit Thakker
More details on the HIA event can be found on www.ihpmr.org