The Government of Japan has given a grant of Sh 1billon to the Ministry of Health to strengthen Pandemic Preparedness and Monitoring Evaluation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya.
UHC aims to ensure that every Kenyan accesses quality health services when needed without suffering financial hardship.
Addressing stakeholders at the launch of the Japan policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Project, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu said that UHC will strengthen resilience to public health emergencies, reduce financial hardship linked to illness and strengthen the foundations for the long-term economic growth.
The event has drawn participation of high level officials in Government and international partners to stimulate dialogue towards UHC in Africa by sharing various UHC initiatives that are currently being undertaken by the government in strengthening Kenya’s health systems.
Mailu also said that the Government and partners are working towards achieving the UHC targets as one of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to eliminate preventable maternal and child deaths by avoiding out of pocket expenditure.
Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, Toshitsugu Uesawa, said Japan is fully committed in the realization of UHC and is dedicated to Kenya becoming a role model for other African nations to accelerate their own progress towards UHC.
Toshitsugu also said that quality, affordable healthcare is the basis for every citizen to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and for counties to prosper in achieving inclusive sustainable development.
I am convinced that today’s event and the UHC forum 2017 will provide a great opportunity to take concrete steps towards attaining UHC, added Toshitsugu.
The forum was held as a preparatory event towards the UHC forum 2017 being organized in Tokyo on 13th to 14th December, where Kenya’s experiences and progress towards UHC will be shared at a global level.
Source: Kenya News Agency