Present during the MoU signing Monday was COG, Chair Governor Martin Wambora, Country Director – Amref Health Africa (Kenya) Dr. Dr Ndirangu Wanjuki and Deputy Country Director at Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Gilbert Wangalwa.
The partnership will include the implementation of activities worth USD 2,235,000 over the period of 4 years.
The MoU will further support the coordination of functions including policy and legislative analysis, proposals and strategies aimed at improving health systems and service delivery at the county level.
— Council of Governors (@KenyaGovernors) March 21, 2022
The partnership will prioritize two focus areas. One will be ringfencing health funds through Facility Improvement Fund (FIF) to enhance domestic resource mobilization and efficiency in resource use and, quality improvement in services delivery in public health facilities.
The other area is strengthening the community health workforce through domestic funding and the establishment of a sustained framework for resource mobilization and allocation.
This partnership will include implementation of activities worth USD 2,235,000 over the period of 4 years.
There are 2 main priorities of this partnership –
1. Ensure Sustainable Health Financing right to the health facility level and
2. Strengthen Community Health Services pic.twitter.com/B1SqOTgbFG
— Ms. Mary Mwiti (@CEOCOG) March 21, 2022
The MoU document also defines the roles and responsibilities of key actors including the Ministry of Health, the County Governments, the County and, Sub-County Health Management Teams and, Boards, Hospital and, Health Facility Management Committees and Boards (HFMCs).
Community health remains a key priority in Kenya’s health and development agendas and forms a primary component of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Enhancement of domestic resource mobilization and efficiency in resource use remains central to government efforts to obtain access, equity, efficiency, effectiveness and, quality in services delivery in public health facilities.
Despite this significant progress since the onset of devolution of health services, the community health space remains poorly financed, fragmented, and there remains a weak link in the county’s health system.
Community Health Services have been linked to both improved health outcomes as well as improved cost-effectiveness in the health system since it reduces the number of people needing services from higher-level health facilities.
Lack of legislative framework, domestic funding and sustained framework for resource mobilization and allocation continue to impact negatively on the gains on community health investment by the government and stakeholders in the health sector.