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The transforming health systems for universal care project provides vehicles and equipment to COG

uhc 2017The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Julius Korir handed over vehicles and equipment to the CEO, Council of Governors, Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni at Afya House for use in coordinating activities that focus on primary healthcare in the Counties. The vehicles and equipment were purchased through the support of the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project (THS- UC).


THS-UC is a new World Bank funded project that employs the Global Financing Facility Framework. The project objective is to improve utilisation and quality of Primary Health Care (PHC) services with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services in the country.
The project will greatly benefit women of reproductive age including adolescents and children below five years who utilize Primary Health care most. The project enjoys the support of county governments having signed intergovernmental participation agreements
Thirty one counties have so far met the project requirements hence are eligible for funding. These counties are; Mombasa, Kilifi, Mandera, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Marsabit, Nyandarua, Kajiado, Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori, Kisumu, Kakamega, Bomet, Bungoma, Tana River, Kwale, Wajir, Narok, Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, Laikipia and Vihiga. Project funds to the counties will be disbursed once their work plans are approved.

While handing over the equipment the PS, Ministry of Health Mr. Julius Korir noted that a team of seven has been recruited to allow for the smooth operation and improved coordination of the project. The PS appreciated the project framework which is an intergovernmental initiative between County Governments, National Government and Development Partners. Drawing from this, he called for more similar partnership’s which can generate innovations and benefit the country’s health agenda and ultimately improve the lives and wellbeing of the general population.

Ms. Mogeni while receiving the vehicles and equipment reaffirmed the Council of Governors’ commitment to working in synergy with the Ministry of Health and the World Bank to realize the success of the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project. The project will run for five years, effective from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2021. Despite having not commenced in the FY 2016/17, she noted that measure have been put in place to accelerate the process and ensure that all counties meet the 47 basic conditions for funds to start flowing.
Of importance is that the funds flow mechanism adopted in the project takes cognizance of the spirit of devolution. Eventually, the Council of Governors will implore upon other donors to adopt the same mechanism.

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