CS health announces a robust plan to increase access to essential medical supplies. Nairobi, KENYA September 21 2018

Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki presents her speech during the handing over of Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission Report as the Chief Pharmacist Dr. Fred Siyoi looks on.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki presents Ministry of Health report to Vincent Okongó, the Director, Field Services, of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.









Health Principal Secretary, Peter Tum presents EACC report to the Chief Pharmacist Dr. Fred Siyoi.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki holding an EACC report as the Principal Secretary, Peter Tum, the Chief Pharmacist Dr. Fred Siyoi, Andrew Mulwa representing the Council of Governors and Vincent Okongo look on.












The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Sicily Kariuki today launched a robust implementation plan for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Report on the review of systems, policies and practices in the pricing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies in the Kenya public health sector.

The implementation plan contains proposed actions to help bring down wastage and losses and other barriers to access for medical supplies with a direct resultant positive effect on access.

Some of the proposed actions outlined by the CS includes listing for all non-pharmaceuticals (medical devices) by the regulator, annual licensure for all medical devices (non-pharmaceuticals) distributors, reviewing and updating of all the current essential commodity lists and development of national guidelines for emergency procurement for essential medicines and other medical supplies.

The CS said the Ministry of Health will establish and operationalize Medicines and Therapeutics Committees in all Counties and Hospitals, ensure inclusion of all items listed in the essentials commodity lists in the market price index (MPI) survey and posting of updated Market Price Index data on the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority website on quarterly basis based on predetermined calendar.

Other measures announced by the CS include 100% adherence to national essential lists specifications during procurement, development of generic bid documents for pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals, adoption of a comprehensive generic market survey tool(s) by all procuring entities and development of a list for essential products categorized as specialized and expensive and providing mechanism for acquisition.

The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary, Eng. Peter Tum said a pricing policy for goods and services at the county and hospital levels will be developed and there will be regular review by all facilities for fees charged for health products, procedures and services to make them affordable.

She noted that the Ministry will also adopt and implement the recommendations for costing of essential health products and benefits package by the Universal Health Coverage advisory panel and enforce adherence to essential lists, clinical guidelines and protocols in prescribing.

“The budgets meant for procurement of medical products in all procuring entities will also be prioritized and electronic commodity management information system (CMIS) installed in all health facilities to link stores to all user units within the facility, KEMSA and higher levels of management,” she said.

The CS said the implementing of the proposed actions will require close collaboration between the two levels of Government and even across Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) and directed the Pharmacy and Poisons Board to develop Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework for the implementation plan besides generate annual reports for the next three years.

She thanked the EACC for the informative report which had identified weaknesses in all components of supply chain cycle from selection; forecasting & quantification; procurement; distribution; storage; inventory control; information management and appropriate use by both health workers and consumers.