Learning through Photography: MSH Kenya

Learning through Photography: MSH Kenya

 {Photo credit: Anteneh Tesfaye/MSH.}MSH staff Grace Gatebi and Patrick Borruet at the MSH Kenya UHC Symposium photo exhibition.Photo credit: Anteneh Tesfaye/MSH.

The goal of universal health coverage (UHC) is to improve equitable access to health services while protecting households from impoverishing out-of-pocket health spending. In principle, UHC means that lifesaving services and medicines will be accessible and affordable for those who need them. To create deeper awareness of UHC in Kenya, Management Sciences for Health Kenya (MSH Kenya) country office organized a symposium on setting the national health agenda post 2015, called, “Achieving Universal Health Coverage through Stronger Health Systems”.

During the symposium, MSH Kenya organized a photography contest. MSH staff submitted photographs on the theme of “Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Kenya – Financing, Quality, Access and Essential Medicines” (with a focus on the most vulnerable populations). An independent jury selected 19 of the photos for an exhibition at the symposium.

The photo exhibition at the symposium turned out to be more than just a contest, but a platform for partners and colleagues to learn about the MSH Kenya activities. Representatives from partnering organizations selected their three favorite images (see below) and lauded the use photography for sharing and learning about various health interventions. 

The three winning photographs show the health-system strengthening efforts of MSH and partners through the Strengthening Public Health Laboratory Systems (SPHLS) and Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM) projects.

MSH Kenya Winning Photographs

2nd Runner Up

[A laboratory technologist transporting CD4 samples from satellite facilities on the mainland and other islands within Lamu County in Kenya. Access to the island is difficult and lab technologists have to travel by boat.] {Photo of SPHLS project by Catherine Gichumu/MSH.}A laboratory technologist transporting CD4 samples from satellite facilities on the mainland and other islands within Lamu County in Kenya. Access to the island is difficult and lab technologists have to travel by boat.Photo of SPHLS project by Catherine Gichumu/MSH.

1st Runner Up

 [Conducting on-the-job training on use of antiretroviral dispensing tool (ADT) at Vihiga County Hospital. The ADT is used to manage commodity and patient data which aids evidence based decision making at all levels.] {Photo of HCSM project by Patrick Bourret/MSH.}Conducting on-the-job training on use of antiretroviral dispensing tool (ADT) at Vihiga County Hospital. The ADT is used to manage commodity and patient data which aids evidence based decision making at all levels.Photo of HCSM project by Patrick Bourret/MSH.

Winner

[Mother and daughter wait to receive medicine from the pharmacy at a dispensary in Mombasa County.] {Photo of HCSM project by Yvonne Otieno/MSH.}Mother and daughter wait to receive medicine from the pharmacy at a dispensary in Mombasa County.Photo of HCSM project by Yvonne Otieno/MSH.

More about UHC in Kenya

More about MSH Kenya

Funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Strengthening Public Health Laboratory Systems (SPHLS), supports strategies which ultimately save lives. SPHLS, led by MSH, aims to improve Kenya’s capacity in stewardship, technical guidance, and oversight to implement country-owned and country-led quality integrated medical laboratory services.

The Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM), funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), works to strengthen systems that deliver health care commodities and services focusing on key public health priorities especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health in Kenya.

 

Correction, May 14, 2014: We updated this post with the correct 1st runner up image. (Another image, taken by the same photographer, appeared previously.) The correct photo, selected by judges as 1st runner up, is of HCSM project's "on-the-job training on use of antiretroviral dispensing tool (ADT) at Vihiga County Hospital" by Patrick Bourret/MSH.

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