Kenya among top 10 countries in Universal Health Coverage Initiative by Tokyo

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Kenya has been selected as one of the 10 pilot countries for the Tokyo Joint Universal Health Coverage Initiative in the 10 pilot Countries.

This is a collaboration between the Government of Japan, JICA, World Bank, WHO and Unicef to accelerate countries progress towards UHC while at the same time enhancing pandemic preparedness in the pilot countries.

His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan has also pledged to contribute $2.9 billion dollars to programs combating infectious diseases and treating young children in developing countries that are pursuing universal health coverage.

The revelations were made during the Universal Health Coverage Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday in the presence of the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu who is leading the Kenyan delegation.

Speaking the during the side event on Role of Global Health Partnership to achieve Universal health Coverage, Dr. Mailu revealed that the Government of Kenya is committed to implementing health system reforms to accelerate movement towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a means of realizing the “Right to Health” as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya.

“The health system reforms target improvements in availability of health infrastructure, training, health information management and equitable health financing systems, among others,” he noted.

Kenya is running the 7th largest Global Fund portfolio globally. The CS said the Ministry of Health (MoH) has prioritized the fight against Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria, which is built around partnerships, sustainable financing, joint programming focusing on outcomes and equitable coverage.

“With the support of GF and other partners, the MoH continues to provide leadership, setting and regulating standards, mobilizing resources and building capacities of different actors to assure affordable quality health care,” he said.

The Government of Kenya has provided counterpart funding since 2015 to the Fund by providing $ 25,242,718 during the financial year 2015/2016, 27million USD in 2016/2017 $ 27,184,466 in 2017/2018.

“It has also committed to provide 30 million USD in 2018/2019, 33million USD in 2019/2020, and 35 million USD in 2020/2021 to support HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria interventions in Kenya,” Dr. Mailu said.

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