REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya to enhance her commitment to the Global Fund Kitty

         

The Government of Kenya will enhance its commitment and contribution to the Global Fund during the 7th Global Fund Replenishment pledging conference to be hosted by US President Joe Biden on 18th to 21st September,2022 in New York, USA.

Speaking in Nairobi during a roundtable with various Global Fund grant implementation partners, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache noted that the Global Fund has played a critical role in addressing HIV, TB, and Malaria, and strengthening Community and Health Systems in the Country.

“Since 2002 the Global Fund has been a partner in advancing universal access to health services in Kenya.  To date, the Global Fund has signed in favor of Kenya grants amounting to over US$1.8 billion.” She informed.

The PS noted that the grants have not only supplemented the Kenya Government’s efforts to address the three diseases of global concern but also strengthened health service delivery, infrastructure, and community systems.

She informed that working together with the Global Fund and other partners, Kenya has made great strides across the three strategic public health programmes between 2013 and 2021 with HIV programme yielding a 67% decline in annual AIDS-related deaths and an increase of 83% in the number of people living with HIV that are on life-saving antiretroviral treatment, from 0.66 million people in 2013 to 1.2 million people in 2021.

“With respect to the TB programme, the Government of Kenya has recorded a treatment success rate of 85%; and a significant decline in the annual TB incidence. Similarly, the malaria Programme has contributed to the overall reduction of malaria burden in Kenya, with the national level prevalence declining from 8.2% in 2015 to 5.6% in 2020.” She informed.

She assured that the Government will continue allocating additional resources for the health sector, developing solutions to our needs based on Health policies, and continue supporting local manufacturing to ensure sustainability of the gains made. “We commit to ensure good governance and accountability of resources in the health sector to ensure sustainability of the gains in the Health Sector.” She said.

During 6th replenishment conference held on 10th October, 2019 in Lyon France, Kenya contributed 6 million US Dollars.  The 7th Replenishment Conference seeks to lobby for atleast US$18B towards among other goals, bringing the world back on track toward ending HIV, TB & Malaria. The PS gave the assurance of Kenya’s participation and pledging towards the kitty.