On 26 September 2016, SCH, in conjunction with AIHT (in collaboration with KMET, Massachusetts General Hospital, and SCH) hosted the inaugural Ketamine Inception Meeting in Nairobi. The purpose of the event was to bring together key stakeholders to articulate the state of maternal mortality in Kenya and develop plans to scale-up the utilization of ESM-UBT and ESM-Ketamine. These innovations address the high prevalence of post-partum hemorrhage in limited-resources settings, and enable otherwise painful surgical procedures like Caesarean to be completed without significant harm to the mother or child, respectively. (For more information on the successes of ESM-UBT and ESM-Ketamine, see our Facebook page here).
Dr. Khama Rogo began the meeting with a call to take stock of who truly mourns when a mother dies. He explained that statistics on maternal mortality must not be disconnected from the human toll; he articulated that it is important to conduct all work within this framework, recognizing that this issue goes beyond statistics and data.
County representatives from Mandera, Garissa, Migori, and Wajir counties presented data on the state of maternal and neonatal health in their respective regions.
Wajir County presentation, Hassan Abass, County Nursing Officer
Garissa County presentation, Hon. Hubbie Hussein, CEC
It was truly fascinating to see how Monica Ogutu and Dr. Solomon Orero also shared important insight gleaned from their field visits to each county.
Presentation on county field visits, Dr. Solomon Orero
Overall, the meeting provided a wonderful platform to learn about the successes, challenges and opportunities in the representative counties including innovations they are implementing towards reducing maternal mortality rates. Furthermore, the attendees were able to assess the results from innovative studies like ESM-Ketamine and ESM-UBT and the potential impact in the health sector.
AIHT, SCH and MGH would like to thank all of the participants for their engagement and continued commitment to minimizing maternal mortality in Kenya and beyond.
The following is a full list of attendees:
• Dr. Patrick Amoth, Director of Reproductive Health, MOH
• Dr. Khadija Abdalla, Health Specialist, UNICEF
• Dr. Anne Kihara, KOGS
• Ms. Monica Oguttu, Director, KMET
• Dr. Solomon Orero, KMET
• Dr. Bernard Ogutu, KEMRI, Chief Research Officer
• Dr. Bernard Olayo, CPHD
• Dr. James Oduor Otieno, Family Physician, Deputy Director of Clinical Services, Migori County
• Hon. Hubbie Hussein, CEC, Garissa County
• Dr. Sofia Mohamed, COH, Garissa County
• Siyat Moge, CDH, Garissa County
• Fatuma Iman, RH Coordinator, Garissa County
• Hassan Abass, County Nursing Officer, Wajir County
• Dr. Abdi Maalim, CDH, Mandera County
• Hassan Mohamed, RH Coordinator, Mandera County
• Dr. Khama Rogo, SCH, World Bank
• Dr. Thomas Burke, Director, MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights
• Moytrayee Guha, Director of Operations, MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights
• Debora Rogo, General Manager, SCH
• Stella Odenyo, ESM-Ketamine Trainer, SCH
• Javan Imbamba, ESM-Ketamine Trainer, SCH
• Dr. Mark Stoltenberg, Fellow, MGH
• Dr. Jennifer Makin, Fellow, MGH
• Dr. Hildred Rochon, Resident
• Ayla Senay, Research Coordinator, MGH
• Molly Broderick, Program Coordinator, AIHT/MGH
• Sheila Ojeaburu, Program Coordinator, AIHT/MGH