ROUTINE DATA QUALITY AUDIT AND ASSESSMENT OF EPIDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE FOR MALARIA IN HIGHLAND EPIDEMIC PRONE ZONE COUNTIES
The overall goal for Division of National Malaria Program is to reduce the Malaria incidence and deaths by 75% by 2023. The Kenya Malaria Strategy (2019 – 2023) seeks to protect 100% of people living in malaria risk areas through access to appropriate malaria interventions, manage 100% of suspected malaria cases according to Kenya Malaria Treatment Guidelines and to strengthen malaria surveillance and use of information to improve decision making (KMS, 2019). This is dependent on reliable surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of systems put in place with generation of high-quality data that can be relied on.
An unpublished report from Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) identified data quality issues in malaria data reported by five highland epidemic prone zone counties. These counties include: Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Kisii, Trans Nzoia and Nandi counties.
It is for these reasons that the Kenya FELTP, in conjunction with the DNMP, conducted a routine programmatic data quality audit and an assessment of Epidemic Preparedness and Response (EPR) for malaria in the five highland epidemic prone zone counties. The activity was conducted in May 2022 in Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Kisii, Trans Nzoia and Nandi counties.
The objectives of the investigation were:
- To conduct malaria data quality audit in the 5 selected counties.
- To conduct malaria epidemic preparedness and response assessment