Sylvia Khamati has over 10 years of experience in planning and management of public health programs. Currently she is the head of health and social service at the Kenya Red Cross Society, charged with providing overall technical oversight and supporting the organization in the area of public health, gender and diversity and nutrition. Before joining the Kenya Red Cross Society, she worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent in Nairobi as a senior program officer where she provided technical support to 14 countries in East Africa, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands in humanitarian and developmental work.
We have to develop an integrated approach to chronic illnesses that includes prevention, treatment and rehabilitation measures, writes Sylvia Khamati, head of health and social services at the Kenya Red Cross Society. In this guest column, we learn how to build on partnerships and engage with local communities to strengthen health systems.