Fostering partnerships for Universal Health Coverage.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki with HE Ambassador Toshitsugu Uesawa, Ambassador of Embassy of Japan in Kenya during the GGG+ Forum in Nairobi.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki with Prof Gilbert Kokwaro,the chair of the Health benefits Advisory Panel during the GGG+ Forum in Nairobi.


















Nairobi, KENYA – The National and County Governments are jointly implementing key programmes aimed at expanding the number and scope of services available to the population.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki says the Government is expanding coverage of existing services, focusing on hard to reach populations and reducing financial risk associated with use of essential services to accelerate attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

She made the remarks while addressing Global Fund to Fight Aids and Malaria, Gavi, and the vaccine Alliance Global Health Innovative Technology Fund(GHIT) (GGG+ ) forum in Nairobi on Tuesday August 31, 2018 in Nairobi.

The CS said the Government is committed to implementing health system reforms and will focus on programmes ranging from Maternal and Child Health, HIV, TB and Malaria, Non-Communicable diseases, health Infrastructure and equipment, Health commodities and supplies and robust disease surveillance and response, to fasten movement towards Universal Health Coverage.

“Continued implementation of the National Health Sector Strategic plan (KHSSP, 2014-18) and the Kenya essential package for health (KEPH) at the sub-national level will empower and engage people and communities. It will also strengthen governance and accountability, reorient the model of care, coordinate services within and across sectors and create an enabling environment at all levels of the health system,” she said.

The CS called for interventions such as comprehensive new born care, immunization, early and exclusive breastfeeding, hand-washing and appropriate management of common childhood illness such as oral rehydration to curb maternal and child deaths.

“In the next three years we endeavor to expand immunization to a network of 10,000 facilities to increased access to immunization services towards achieving Universal Access to immunization, a critical component of UHC, she emphasized.

She noted that government’s programmes such as Linda Mama and free maternity have yielded good health indicators but however noted that there are still challenges in implementing the Primary Health Care (PHC) approach due to the lack of a common understanding of the PHC approach and Low levels of health sector funding.

“However, we are keen to learn from the best practices of other countries as we endeavor to anchor our Universal Health Coverage on Primary Health Care, “ she said.

The GGG+ Forum was launched by RESULTS Japan 2016 to promote contributions from the Japanese Government for Global health. The forum theme was “To achieve UHC and SDGs in Africa”.

The CS acknowledged the invaluable contribution to the health sector by the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).