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COG, AMREF INK KSH257 MILLION PACT TO ENHANCE PROVISION OF PRIMARY HEALTHCARE AT THE COUNTY LEVEL OVER A 4-YEAR PERIOD

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The Council of Governors (CoG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to scale up primary healthcare in the grassroots in a bid to support national efforts towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The KES257 million (USD 2,235,000) partnership covering a four-year period was agreed on during a meeting led by CoG Chairperson, H.E Hon. Martin Wambora on 21st March 2022. The MoU seeks to strengthen health systems for Primary Health Care (PHC) by offering support for the coordination of functions including policy and legislative analysis, as well as proposals and strategies aimed at improving health systems and service delivery at the County level.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, H.E Wambora reiterated that the partnership formalizes and deepens the relationship between AMREF Health Africa and the Council of Governors. Through the partnership, the two organizations will work towards strengthening health financing components within Counties and enhance community health services.

Key priority areas include: ring-fencing health funds through Facility Improvement Fund (FIF) to enhance domestic resource mobilization a well as efficiency in resource use; quality improvement in services delivery across public health facilities; strengthening the community health workforce through domestic funding; and the establishment of a sustained framework for resource mobilization and allocation.

Nine (9) years into devolution in Kenya, Counties have achieved significant milestones in healthcare delivery. County Governments have laid a solid foundation towards attainment of Universal Health Care through health infrastructural development and investment towards adequate human resource. By placing the focus on sustainable funding for health facilities and how to improve productivity and overall effectiveness of the community health workforce, the COG - AMREF partnership will build on these gains towards the attainment of UHC.

Despite the strides made since 2013 in the health sector, the community health space remains poorly financed, disjointed and a weak link in the country’s health system. Financing of health services is also another challenge. These teething problems have largely been attributed to the lack of a legislative framework to guide resource mobilization and allocation as well as enable coordinated and sustainable implementation of the community health services.

Community Health Services have been linked to both improved health outcomes and improved cost-effectiveness in the health system. By reducing the number of people who have to seek services from higher-level health facilities, community health services facilitate the effective implementation of primary healthcare in the Country.
The MOU now goes into the implementation phase.

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