This was a one-week workshop which was held from 21-25 June, 2010. It brought together more than 50 experts from the Ministry of Medical Services (MoMS), the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS), Universities, Medical Training Colleges, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), National, Provincial and District Hospitals in Kenya. Experts and observers from Europe, Rwanda and Uganda were also there.
During the workshop, the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and the Ministry of Medical Services presented the latest evidence that their pediatricians had collated, synthesized and summarized as part of a new approach called GRADE which is now recommended by WHO for this type of task, and this was probably the first time this approach had been used in Africa.
These efforts were being made in order to update the 2006 guidelines which had been in use throughout the country. The week’s proceedings led to the publication of revised guidelines that took account of the latest evidence on pediatric care in Kenya. Improving the care of children and new borns by using up to date information would help Kenya meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) No. 4 whose target was to reduce childhood deaths by 2/3rds by 2015.
The Summaries and Presentations can be downloaded below