REPUBLIC OF KENYA

CS health announces public private partnership to accelerate large scale primary health care

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NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 December 2016 – The Government of Kenya and Netherlands in conjunction with the Kenyan UN fraternity has catalyzed a public private partnership (PPP) to accelerate large scale Primary Health Care (PHC) transformation.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu, said a proper management plan and a steering committee will provide oversight and strategic direction to ensure successful design and roll-out of the initiative. “We shall also have a robust coordination mechanism and strategy to recruit other stakeholders into this project,” said the CS.

The CS made the remarks through the Director of Medical Service, Dr. Jackson Kioko during the second-high level meeting (HLM2) on catalyzing public private action for accelerating large transformation of primary health care in Kenya on Thursday at Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

 “We are exploring other potential areas such as service delivery, digitization, hospital management and community health service delivery systems to partner with the private sector in order to foster and improve PHC,’’ the CS disclosed.

The PPP is in line with the Health sector policy documents and Vision 2030, to improve the health and wellbeing of Kenyans by accelerating access to quality community based primary healthcare.

“This innovative initiative comes at a crucial moment when we are transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals,” said Dr. Mailu.

The roll-out of the initiative in Kenya is expected to inform and catalyze support for establishment of similar platforms in other countries in Africa.

The CS also highlighted the need to create demand for health services, with special focus in addressing the gaps in human resource, healthcare financing, essential medicines and medical supplies, the double burden of communicable and non-communicable conditions and use of technology.