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World Health Assembly is the largest meeting of health policymakers and actors drawn from across the world, where major decisions on health are made and experiences shared with the key objective being to bring together delegations from across the world to discuss key health issues, including (UHC) access to medicines and vaccines, antimicrobial resistance, human resources for health, amongst others.
During this year’s World Health Assembly, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Sicily K. Kariuki (EGH) led the Kenyan delegation consisting of the Council of Governors, Ministry of Health and the Senate Health committee in participating in the 72nd World Health Assembly organized by the World Health Organization from 19th-29th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The conference hosted several discussions on different side events which included; Access to medicines, vaccines and health products: A multi-dimensional approach for ensuring transparen-cy of markets, affordable and quality products to achieve Universal Health Coverage, Universal Health Coverage to deliver the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents Health: re-thinking quality midwifery education; Why water, sanitation and hygiene must be a priority for quality healthcare, protecting patient safety and tackling AMR, Disease Prevention: the role of Primary Healthcare in achieving Sustainable, Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Care Systems for UHC: Ensuring timely care for the acutely ill and injured.
During the conference, an inter-Parliamentary union technical briefing are also held. The aim is to highlight the significance of parliamentary action on UHC to dis-cuss how Parliaments can address key UHC challenges, and provide inputs to the development of the Inter Parliamentary Unit (IPU) resolution on UHC as well at dis-cussing how this Commitment can be translated into concrete actions at National and Regional level.
Her Excellency, the first lady, Margaret Kenyatta shared insights on the Beyond Zero Campaign which included the achievements of the campaign which includes reduc-tion in Maternal and child mortality rates, Reduction in HIV prevalence rates and improve Access to service delivery for marginalized counties and hard to reach are-as. She also mentioned that through beyond Zero marathon fifty two (52) Mobile clinics were procured and this improved Access to health care services.
Kenya is among Countries making great strides in the UHC agenda. Kenya among other Countries – Thailand, Georgia and Japan shared their experiences in the im-plementation of the program. Key points from the presentations in order to achieve UHC includes: Political good will, Commitment from state and non-state actors, Fo-cus on Access to care, Affordability, and quality of care, Good Governance and Citi-zen Engagements and Clear framework, directions and strategies.
To further provision of safe, quality, affordable and accessible health care to the peo-ple, Member States adopted a new global strategy on health, environment and cli-mate change and committed to invest in safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities. Countries adopted a landmark agreement to enhance the trans-parency of pricing for medicines, vaccines and other health products. The new WHO Programme budget was approved and a common approach to antimicrobial re-sistance was agreed. Patient safety was recognized as a global health priority and the 11th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases was adopted.

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