Nairobi April 19th The Governments of Kenya and the Netherlands in partnership with the Kenyan UN fraternity and Private Sector move forward with a novel SDG Partnership Platform for accelerating large scale Primary Health Care transformation to improve health and well-being of 46 million Kenyans by 2021 in support of the attainment of Kenya’s SDG agenda.

The recent 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey showed that in Kenya important strides are being made to improve health and well-being and maternal and child mortality ratios are on the decline. By increasing universal access to affordable quality promotive, preventative and curative primary health care, Kenya’s will be well positioned to efficiently and effectively make further progress in addressing its double burden of communicable and non-communicable conditions,” said Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu. ”This Public Private Partnership initiative is in line with the Health sector policy documents and Vision 2030, to improve the health and wellbeing of all Kenyans of all background and ages”.

The Platform will bring together executive leadership from Government, Development Partners, Private Sector and Civil Society to help build models that offer the best of both public and private sector, for improving universal access to affordable quality primary healthcare.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu added, “A proper management plan and a steering committee will provide oversight and strategic direction to ensure successful design and roll-out of the initiative. We will also have a robust coordination mechanism and strategy to recruit other stakeholders into this project.”

The Platform will look into opportunities for accelerating universal access to primary healthcare services, with special focus in addressing the gaps in human resource, healthcare financing, essential medicines and medical supplies, health information, and use of technology.

The momentum is already in Kenya and in keeping with the spirit of the SDGs, Kenya must lead in the moral imperative of ensuring that none of the people who cannot pay for health care are left behind.” said Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya. ”Kenya can undoubtedly lead the way in achieving universal health care”.

Royal Philips announced today, as first Private Sector Partner, support to immediately start work for establishing a common fact-base on Primary Healthcare Public Private Partnership opportunities and barriers for Platform members to jointly identify, design and implement bold transformative initiatives in pursue of the Platform goal and objectives. Work will be facilitated through in-depth analysis of existing evidence and global, regional and national best practice, and extensive consultation with national and county level stakeholders. In addition and to ensure continuity, Philips also committed support for two years to the establishment of the Platform Secretariat.

We look forward to working with the SDG Partnership Platform to deliver impact at scale in a region where access to quality health care is needed the most;”, said Ronald de Jong, Chief Human Resources Officer and member of Royal Philips’ Executive Committee. “Our commitment to this Platform underpins the collective responsibility we all have to ensure access to affordable quality primary healthcare. The goals of the Platform are well aligned with Philips’ vision to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation and our ultimate goal of improving the lives of three billion people a year by 2025.”

Furthermore, complementing the support of the other partners, the Dutch government announced today its commitment to support facilitation of the involvement of the private sector in providing primary healthcare at county level.

We are excited to be part of this new, innovative platform that really will bring together all relevant actors to realize the SDG 3, as both Governments and private sector are key to achieve these goals. We are proud that already a number of Dutch companies and organizations have joined this exciting initiative” – H.E. Frans Makken, Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya.