ORS/Zinc status – Kenya

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KenyaKenya

Population: 53.77m (2020)
Area: 580,367 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 37,755 (2018)

ORS coverage: 54% (2014)

ORS + Zinc coverage: 15% (2016)

National EML download: Kenya-Essential-Medicines-List-2019

National policy
✅ ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
✅ National Essential Medicines List last updated in 2019
✅ ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
✅ Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
✅ Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List (added before 2018)

Zinc availability
✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
✅ Any retailer can sell Zinc but only as part of an ORS/Zinc Co-pack

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets (needs verification)
❌ General retail outlets (needs verification)
❌ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
✅ Campaigns and outreach
❌ Other

Co-pack availability
✅ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available

Outlets for co-packaged ORS and Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
✅ Supermarkets [needs verification]
✅ General retail outlets [needs verification]
✅ Community Health Workers [needs verification]
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
✅ Campaigns and outreach
❌ Other

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)
DTS-Z Kit and Unilyte-N/Zeenk 20 co-pack
Co-packaged ORS and Zinc - Dts-Z KitCo-packaged ORS and Zinc - Co-pack for diarrhoea treatment

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
COSMOS Pharmaceuticals Ltd (DTS-Z Kit)
Universal Corporation Ltd (Unilyte-N/Zeenk 20 co-pack)

Co-pack costs
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector
Free of charge
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector
KES 50 to 70 (USD 0.44 to 0.61 Mar-2022)

✅ Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific Target area
Kenya Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Government (Ministry of Health) Various No Nationwide
Zuia Kuhara SHOPS USAID Yes Nationwide
WASH Project WHO & UNICEF  WHO & UNICEF No Northern counties and those in urban informal settlement

Additional information
None

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea

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