Monday, 12 February 2018 11:24

GOVERNORS SEQUEL MEETING WITH MEDLINDA GATES FOUNDATION AND JHIPEGO

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The Council of Governors represented by the Chairman, H.E Jospaht Nanok (Turkana County), H.E Paul Chepkwony (Kericho County), H.E Dr. Joyce Laboso (Bomet County), H.E Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri County) and Deputy Governor H.E Adelina Mwau held a follow up consultative meeting with Melinda Gates Foundation representative Mr. Samburu Wa Shiku , Resident Consultant to Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya and Mr. Sam Mulyanga, Project Director, JHIPEGO together with the Council of Governors Health Committee representatives. This was a follow up meeting to a meeting held between Ms. Melinda Gates and 15 County Governors on 25th January 2018 at the Norfolk Hotel Nairobi. During the meeting, the Chairman appreciated Melinda Gates Foundation for reaching out to the Counties through the County Governors stating that the County Governments are focused to work together with the Foundation for the benefit of Kenyans. The Foundation and the County Governments present an opportunity for partnership in Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA 2020) which already covers 11 counties in addressing the issue of data. The Project uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene and other health areas. PMA 2020 provides rich information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions that will be able to support counties in strengthening data collection and use in budgeting.
Other key areas of focus for further discussion include: Investing in family planning, community health, nutrition and education to uplift the socio-economic status of households; Targeting the youth in and out of school with the right information on sexuality responsible adulthood to empower and save young girls from unwanted pregnancies; Strengthening the collection, processing and utilization of reliable data and revamping health records management; and Exploiting the policy environment for family planning as a national development priority. The Council of Governors will convene a meeting with the County Executive Members (CEC’s) to brief them and share their key priorities for consideration by the Foundation, in addressing county-specific needs in the context of the Gates Foundation of the key four areas.

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