REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya includes nutrition commodities in the essential medical list Nairobi, June 24, 2020

The Ministry of Health has included nutrition commodities in the Kenya Essential Medical List, 2019 to enable KEMSA to procure and stock them and facilitate easy access by county governments. This move is aimed at addressing challenges with nutrition commodities supplies due to the changing donor landscape.
Speaking at Afya House during a handover ceremony of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) worth KSh.250.5M donated to the Ministry by Action against Hunger (ACF), Health Principal Secretary(PS) Susan Mochache noted that Kenya has made significant progress in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition among children under five years of age.
She however  noted that counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas still record persistent high levels of acute malnutrition and called for a multidisciplinary approach in addressing the impact of malnutrition.“
The Ministry is implementing the multisectoral Kenya Nutrition Action Plan (2018-2022) which outlines priority interventions in promoting good nutrition and addressing the persistent acute malnutrition,” the PS revealed.
She explained that the Ministry of Health has initiated discussions with the National Treasury on sustainable measures for strategic nutrition programmes that are currently funded by development partners.
The PS thanked ACF for the donation arguing that it will go a long way in scaling up integrated management of acute malnutrition in the counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kilifi, Mombasa, Tana River, Lamu and Isiolo, that constitute some of the counties with high burden of malnutrition