REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Calls to engage the in Africa Health Agenda youth

                                                                                                                                                                                                            NAIROBI, Kenya, 6th March 2016 Health stakeholders have been urged to work closely with the youth to get their perspective on sexual and reproductive health issues affecting them.

“Africa stands to reap a great demographic dividend if it capitalizes on its youth, they need to be part of the conversation, and we now need to move from talk to action,” said the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Jackson Kioko during the closing of the African Health Agenda International (AHAIC) youth pre-conference in Nairobi.

Dr. Kioko pointed out that the Kenya Health Policy 2012-2030, Vision 2030, the constitution of Kenya 2010 and global health commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) appreciate the role of the youth in driving transformation.

He called on African leaders and policy makers to adopt the global development agenda as outlined in the SDGs. “We need to align to global best practice including entrenching access to reproductive health as a basic human right,” said Dr. Kioko.

The Ministry of Health he added is firmly committed to ensuring that Kenya attains the SDG goals related to health, specifically ensuring the right for youth to access all their healthcare needs.

The DMS lauded AHAIC noble agenda for getting Africa on the path to meeting the SDGs and transforming the resolutions of the Conference into policy which will set the pace for other policy makers across the continent.