By JOSEPH OJWANG.
Kenya is among few countries in the African continent that are attracting funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) towards the realization of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).
WHO health information systems and health observatory focal person, Leonard Cosmas says the funding will help Kenya to roll out a successful pilot UHC program in the four counties of Kisumu, Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos.
Cosmas says the catalyst funds will ensure that the quality of health facilities is good enough to improve the health of the people who receive them.
Speaking in Kisumu at the start of 3rd Kenya UHC conference under the theme of “Revitalizing Primary Health Care for sustainable UHC”, Cosmas says WHO has helped the Kenyan ministry of health to develop a framework to enable smooth implementation of the initiative.
He says the guidelines developed for the ministry is helping the four counties piloting the program to monitor evaluation framework.
Program Lead World Bank, Paolo Belli who gave a key note address on the country’s journey towards achieving UHC says more investments in the health sector is the only solution to achieving maximum benefits of the initiative.
Belli says countries that are starving the health sector of funds have been unable to realize any meaningful results as far as UHC is concerned.
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki is expected to officially open the conference tomorrow alongside Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.