Kenya, like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is not presently on track to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target. Since 2007 Kenya has initiated several processes to strengthen its health system and coordinate its work with donors and other development partners to avoid additional health-related reversals. To improve its information gathering and to better track its progress in meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals, Kenya has developed a Health Management Information System (HMIS) and is currently working with international partners to improve its capacity to provide timely and relevant data regarding the country’s health situation to policymakers and other stakeholders.
One of these international partners is AMREF Flying doctors. AMREF enables communities to take control of their own health development and to help them demand the assistance and services to which they are entitled. AMREF is bringing good quality and affordable health care closer to those who need it most - improving access to health treatment and preventing poor health through community education.
FLL is currently training AMREF to use video as a tool for monitoring and evaluating purposes. Film is a very powerful way to do this.
For the second time we visited the CBHMIS project in Kibwezi District in Kenya. Like the first session, the outcome is a documentary of 15 minutes. CBHMIS stands for: Community Based Health Management Information System.
It is a project whereby FLL teaches AMREF staff how to use participatory video as a monitor and evaluation tool. The results will be shown on the documentary section of this website.
A few photo's of the AMREF crew and the surroundings to see the people involved.
AMREF choose the use of video reporting for monitoring and evaluation because it has an added value to the traditional mode of monitoring.
By showing footage to the target groups it will open up and promote discussion through which it enhances empowerment of individuals and communities. Video has great potential to enhance indigenous means of communication – which, like video, are primarily visual and verbal. AMREF is working in remote areas in which illiteracy is not uncommon. Video can make stories more accessible to all kinds of audiences, including the illiterate, to children or the elderly.
Besides that, videos that are being produced during M&E exercises can be used in various ways, including influencing national and local policy, as a means of communicating with donors and securing programme funding, as a way to help rolling out programmes to new areas and to share information with relevant networks such as researchers or global NGO institutes.