Skip to main content

Government's Healthcare Reforms: Strengthening NHIF and KEMSA

Kakamega, Kenya - 5thΒ April 2023Β - Β Health Cabinet Secretary Nakhumicha S. Wafula has endorsed the government's efforts to overhaul both the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).Β 

Β During a session on Universal Health Coverage at Shiatsala Primary School, Nakhumicha emphasized recent reforms aimed at boosting NHIF and KEMSA's performance.Β 

These include repositioning NHIF as a strategic purchaser of health services and empowering KEMSA to procure health products and technologies efficiently, resulting in a fill rate of over 70 percent.Β 

Β Plans are underway to establish a legal and institutional framework for transitioning NHIF to the Social Health Authority (SHA), aimed at ensuring the delivery of affordable and quality healthcare in Kenya.Β 

Β During the event, Kakamega County Woman Representative Elsie Muhanda praised Nakhumicha's initiative to support Community Health Promoters (CHPs) with basic household screening equipment and smartphones.Β 

Β This initiative has led to the remuneration of CHPs, formerly known as Community Health Volunteers, across the country. In Kakamega County alone, 430 CHPs have been fully equipped to provide basic screening services at the household level, contributing to the transformation of healthcare at the grassroots.