PS Health hands over equipment to strengthen primary health care services

NAIROBI, Kenya, 31 July  2017 – The Principal Secretary for Health, Mr. Julius Korir today handed over two vehicles and an assortment of equipments to the Council of Governors, Chief Executive Officer, Jacquiline Mogeni to support the Ksh. 19.1 Billion Transforming Health Systems Project funded by the World Bank.

The five year new project is largely funded by the World Bank IDA credit at a cost Ksh.15 Billion and grants

of Ksh. 4 billion and Ksh. 110 from the Global Financing Facility Trust Fund and the Japanese Government respectively.

The project which is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health and Council of Governors commenced in September 2016  and will end in September 2021. 

The PS said the project will improve utilization and quality of primary health care services with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services. 

Mr. Korir said rhe project will improve access to and demand for quality Primary Health Care (PHC) services, strengthen institutional capacity to improve utilization and quality of PHC services and support cross-county and intergovernmental collaboration in the counties’ health system.

“The Project aspires to mainly benefit, women of reproductive age, including adolescents and children under five who utilize Primary Health Care services,” the PS emphasized.

 To achieve the objectives of the project the PS revealed that 87% of the Project resources will be disbursed as conditional grants to the 47 counties. 

“This project will ensure that Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups will be actively involved in implementation at various levels and all project activities will be carried out in line with the environmental safety requirements,” he noted.

The Project is expected to support the national Government through strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, improving quality, civil registration and development and dissemination of policies and strategies and support purchase of RMNCAH commodities.

The Constitution of Kenya, the Government Second Medium Term Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals  expresses the desire for equity, transparency, and accountability, including access to the highest attainable standards of health-care services.