Building a real-time monitoring platform for sanitation and hygiene across Kenya

The government of Kenya needs a way to effectively monitor sanitation and hygiene facilities nationwide. Akvo is developing an integrated Real Time Management Information System (RTMIS) to collect, analyse and visualise all sanitation and hygiene data in both rural and urban Kenya, allowing the Ministry of Health to improve sanitation and hygiene for citizens nationwide. 

Above: Photo by Imani Manyara on Unsplash







Platform development



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The challenge

As Kenya gears towards accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive system for monitoring sanitation and hygiene data is crucial. Without a national system to aid evidence-based decision making, the government isn't able to effectively monitor the SDGs and improve resource allocation. 

The solution

Akvo is developing an integrated Real-Time Monitoring and Information System (RTMIS) for sanitation and hygiene data across rural and urban Kenya. Information generated from the RTMIS will aid in planning, monitoring and evaluation of SDG indicators. The data will also provide insight into all the levels of services defined by the WHO-UNICEF JMP in urban and rural settings as well as in institutions (health care facilities, schools, etc.). In addition to collating primary data, the RTMIS also enables integration with secondary data on enabling environment, demand, supply, capacity, and finances.


Above: A screenshot of the RTMIS platform.

The impact

Once fully developed and rolled out, the RTMIS platform will support the monitoring and evidence-based decision making of the national government, as well as all 47 county governments. The availability of real-time monitoring data can support effective planning and improve efficiency of services by both county and national governments. The RTMIS will provide synthesised reports that can feed into other global monitoring systems such as the JMP, the UN Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), and IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative).