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Council of Governors Partners with World Bank and DANIDA on Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project

THSThe Council of Governors in conjunction with World Bank and DANIDA have today 13th April 2017 rolled out a Five year project (Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care) that seeks to improve utilization and quality of Primary Health Care (PHC) to 47 county governments.
The project focuses on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services in the Country. This will help in strengthening Institutional Capacity in Selected key areas to improve utilization and quality of PHC services.
The KShs 21 Billion project by World bank will require County governments to enter into an intergovernmental participatory Agreement, in a County health special purpose account with the Central Bank of Kenya with whom Chief officers of finance and health are signatories, then Counties to designate a focal person, accountant and an internal auditor, County Budget approved by the County Assembly that is inclusive of the funds.
Another requirement that County Governments are supposed to comply to, is having their work plan clearly identifying priority areas in reproductive, maternal newborn, child and adolescent health services to be supported by the funds.
Furthermore, Counties will receive funds based on the CRA revenue allocation formula and subsequent performance of their targeted activities which includes indicators such as the percentage of Children younger than one year who have fully been immunized, Number of pregnant women attending at least 4 ANC visits, the (%) of births attended to by skilled health personnel, women between 15-49 years currently using FP method and lastly the number of inspected facilities meeting safety standards.
The Council of Governors unanimously agreed with stakeholders that the project as stated will be for Development and enhancement of health care systems in Kenya and not for paying for remunerations and benefits of health workers within the public sector.
Over the 4 years, Devolution has revolutionalized healthcare services in counties such that many people now have access to high quality healthcare services.

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