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The East African Community (EAC), like most other low- and middle-income regions, is grappling with a myriad of disease burdens ranging from common infections, nutritional challenges, and maternal mortality to non-communicable diseases to epidemics. Article 118 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC calls for stronger regional cooperation on health among the partner states. Realization of this mandate requires effective management of the health sector knowledge resources.
The dynamic nature of the health sector presents a challenge: synthesis and sharing of knowledge among stakeholders and EAC partner states. Barriers include difficulties accessing information resources from both local and international sources and limited knowledge of and access to knowledge management tools and strategies.
To address these challenges, the EAC, with funding from USAID/Kenya East Africa (KEA) and technical support from Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, is convening the East African Community 2018 Regional Share Fair at the Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, from June 20-22, 2018.
A share fair provides an opportunity for stakeholders to meet face to face and engage in conversation about implementation methods that have been effective in their work. Open conversations that highlight local knowledge and experience are accessible to all participants. Share fair organizers and participants then synthesize and share the knowledge that has been exchanged, supporting continuous improvement, collaboration, and learning.
With the theme Sharing and Learning for Better Integration of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) and HIV/AIDS Interventions, the EAC 2018 Share Fair will focus on the application of key knowledge management tools and techniques in policy and programming; service delivery; resource development and management; coordination and linkages; and monitoring and evaluation. The Share Fair will provide an opportunity for dialogue on using knowledge management principles and approaches to achieve better results from RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS integration.
The EAC Share Fair will bring together knowledge management and RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS stakeholders from the East African Community, other regional intergovernmental organizations such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and civil society organizations, implementing partners, donors, academics, and health institutions. Those who attend will have the chance to learn about program approaches and knowledge management approaches that have been applied successfully in the region; strengthen their knowledge management skills; become familiar with the EAC Knowledge Management Strategy; and network and build relationships with other knowledge management and health professionals in the region.
The Value of Knowledge Management for Health in East Africa
Knowledge management supports knowledge exchange and learning, contributing to improved systems, programs, practice, and, ultimately, health outcomes. Knowledge management has particular relevance for low- and middle-income countries where improved processes and tools could potentially lead to smarter use of scarce resources.
The EAC recognizes that exchange of knowledge about good and promising practices, as well as about what has not worked, is crucial to improving the design and implementation of integrated RMNCAH/HIV services. Partner states have accumulated useful knowledge and experience but have not been able to effectively share it with each other. Better knowledge sharing across the region can enhance learning and replication of best practices in the region.
Attend the EAC 2018 Regional Share Fair
Professionals working on knowledge management, RMNCAH, and HIV/AIDS are welcome to attend this regional event and share lessons learned. Exhibition spaces are available. Participation is free of charge. To reserve a space, please contact the organizers: Mwikali Kioko or Alison Gichohi.