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NETHERLANDS HEALTH TRADE MISSION TO KENYA

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“Living long and healthy lives is one of the most important values that people share all over the world,” words spoken by Mr. Eric Gerritsen, Netherlands Vice - Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport during a press briefing meeting on Monday 1st July 2019 at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Vice Minister, who also doubles up as the head of delegation for the Netherlands Health Trade Mission, were in the country for three days, to explore opportunities for partnership with stakeholders from both Private Sector, National and County Governments. They sought to partner in areas of Primary Health Care, E-Health, Human Resource development and towards Universal Health Care (UHC). “I laud the efforts that Kenya has set towards the sustainability of its health systems. Over the years, Kenya has achieved significant progress in improving health outcomes and utilization of health services”, said Gerritsen. The meeting noted that Kenya and the Netherlands both share major social challenges when it comes to accessible, affordable and quality health care. The reason for this is that both countries are facing a growing number of people with chronic conditions. In Kenya for example, it is projected that by 2027, Non communicable Diseases (NDC) will be the main disease burden. According to Gerritsen, in order to make health care affordable, it is imperative to come up with innovative packages for service delivery which promote Public-Private-Partnership at all levels of care, including Community level. For instance Community Health Workers (CHWS) can be trained to conduct blood sugar test for diabetes and other rapid tests to help early diagnosis of non-communicable diseases and prevent complications. The private sector can find markets for testing products and reagents and pricing can be negotiated for easy access to reduce the heavy cost of medication being a barrier.
The Netherlands Health Trade Mission will then proceed to Ethiopia whereby they are set to meet various stakeholders in the Health Sector as well.

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