Kenya and Cuba sign MOU in health


Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2017 –  Kenya and Cuba today signed a memorandum of Understanding on health cooperation at the sidelines of the ongoing World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which will enable Kenya to build capacity and acquire skills in specialized areas such as Biotechnology, Oncology, Nephrology, Critical care, Cardiovascular Surgery, Drug manufacturing, Equipment and device registration.

The MOU will also open avenues for the two countries to collaborate in the pharmaceutical sector to explore the opportunities for investment within the Kenyan health sector especially in the manufacture of anti-retroviral medicines, anti-malarial, vaccines, medical gases and devices.

Kenya was represented by the Cabinet Secretary for Health Dr. Cleopa Mailu and Cuba by Minister for Public Health, Dr Roberto Morales.

Meanwhile, Member States at the ongoing World Health Assembly will elect a new Director-General, who will take office for a five-year term on 1 July 2017.

The three nominees for the position, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia; Dr David Nabarro of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Dr Sania Nishtar of Pakistan.  Each will address the Health Assembly for 15 minutes before the election, first Dr Tedros, followed by Dr Nabarro and Dr Nishtar.

The election will take place by secret ballot and its result will be communicated once the process has been completed. The Director-General Elect will take the oath of office in a public ceremony, which will be webcast.