Ensuring health care for all in Kenya PS Tum outlines the Government roadmap

PS Peter Tum with JICA training coordinators and Kenya’s Deputy Ambassador to Japan Mr. Paul Kaliih












Ensuring health care for all in Kenya PS Tum outlines the Government roadmap

June 11, 2018 – The Government plans to reduce out of pocket expenditure on health from the current 26% to 12% by 2022 under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The objective is to offer Kenyans financial protection against out of pocket expenditure on health services by 2022 said the Principal Secretary for Health, Eng. Peter Tum when he made a  presentation on Universal Health Coverage “A Road Map for Kenya” in Japan courtesy of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“To cushion Kenyans from high expenditures on health, the Government will ensure each person can access a benefit package that addresses their health needs and essential health interventions are provided to all areas of the country including hard-to-reach areas,” he said.

He added all Kenyans will be protected from potential financial constraints arising from use of health services with special focus on the poor and vulnerable. The government will also ensure adequacy of Human resources, equipment and medicines the PS disclosed.

He cited interventions like the free maternity programme, abolishment of user fees in public primary healthcare facilities, provision of health insurance subsidies targeting the poor, elderly and people living with severe disabilities, upgrading and equipping of facilities which has shown significant positive impact on health indicators.

Eng. Tum revealed that the Government will focus on steady increase in allocation of domestic resources, creation of enabling environment for increased private sector participation and community involvement in health services provision and finance.

He disclosed that Kenya is creating a Health Information Exchange platform to link all public health facilities. This will enable the Ministry and other stakeholders to easily access real-time information for prompt decision making.

In attendance was the Kenyan Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Solomon Maina. Kenya and his Deputy Ambassador Mr. Paul Kaliih.