Dr. Charles Kiplagat Kandie works with the Ministry of Health, National Government in the Directorate of Health Standards, Quality Assurance and Regulation supporting Quality Improvement cluster in providing technical assistance to counties’ Department of Health in Health Systems Strengthening through adoption of electronic Kenya Quality Model for Health (e-KQMH) assessment of hospitals and use of selected Quality Improvement methodologies to close the gaps identified in the various departments within the hospitals following assessments.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nairobi. He has also attended several short courses and trainings in the management of procurement and supply chain, organizational and quality management.

He has worked in the public service in various capacities in the last 27 years. Notable ones being the Chief Executive Officer in Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) responsible for management of procurement and supply chain of health products and technologies in the public sector for five years, as pharmaceutical inspector with the pharmacy and poisons board, as Project coordinator for Revolving Drug Fund-Nyamira Programme responsible for implementation and monitoring of a pilot Community financing for drugs for two years and as a District pharmacist providing pharmaceutical services within the hospital and coordination of the supply of Essential Medicines to primary health care facilities.

Dr. Kandie has also worked at World Health Organization (WHO) as National Professional Officer responsible for coordinating of country support from WHO and other stakeholders to the Ministry of Health in the complex area of Policy, Access, Safety, Quality and Rational use of medicines. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, a baseline assessment of pharmaceutical sector was undertaken in 2003.

He has undertaken a number of key assignments in medical supply chain management on consultancy basis for World Health Organization (WHO) Somalia and USAID. He also chaired the health sector Quality Management Technical Working Group (QM_TWG) which meets quarterly with the objective of coordinating and harmonizing Quality Improvement initiatives from various implementing partners at both the National and County levels.

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