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Kenya Unites To Fight Against TB And Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Kenya Unites To Fight Against TB And Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Eldoret (Kenya), March 24, 2023

Today, leaders and partners from across Kenya gathered at Huruma Grounds in Eldoret to mark the World TB Day and highlight the importance of working towards ending TB and achieving universal health coverage. 

The event was attended by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, CS Health Dr. Nakhumicha S. Wafula, Principal Secretary Dr. Josephine Mburu, Governor Jonathan Bii, WHO country representative Abdourahmane Diallo, and other dignitaries and partners.

During the event, CS HealthDr. Nakhumicha emphasized the importance of access to quality health services for communities to achieve universal health coverage and improve health outcomes. She also encouraged families to enroll with NHIF to access services and cushion their households from financial difficulty.

The Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, who was the chief guest, highlighted the important role played by Community Health Volunteers in the provision of health services. 

The Principal Secretary for Public Health and Professional Standards, Dr. Josephine Mburu reaffirmed the Kenyan Government's commitment to end TB by 2030 as part of the End TB Strategy. 

She also noted that the government has implemented many interventions through the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan, and is now developing a new 2023-2028 strategic plan to sustain the gains made so far.

Recent estimates show that 133,000 people in Kenya have developed TB, including 16,000 children. Globally, it is estimated that 10.6 million people fell ill with TB in 2021, reversing years of slow decline.