The Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF), in partnership with AMREF and Malteser International organized a successful introductory meeting for the Multi-Stakeholder for Partnership (MSP) on 26th of January 2018 at a Nairobi hotel.
The KHF Chair Dr. Amit Thakker, highlighted the importance of timely interventions in the health sector in light of the multiple medical practitioners’ strikes in the past year. He also emphasized on the growing importance of the health sector and said that it has been positioned to create the second highest number of jobs in Africa in the coming years.
The Governor of Isiolo County Dr. Mohammed Kuti urged stakeholders present to take steps towards universal healthcare. The Governor who is also the Council of Governors Health Committee Chair said counties need to start thinking of how they can pre-empt upcoming challenges. He also pointed out the need to have a good working relationship among health workers and county managers, technological advancements, better health financing models and appropriate training provisions.
This introductory MSP meeting was carried out to vote for health specialist cadres that would be strengthened through the partnership. The stakeholders were taken through needs analysis of 10 shortlisted health specialist cadres and then invited to vote for the health specialist professions that would be focused on in the MSP project. Emergency Care Professionals, Community Health Workers and Health Records and Information Officers were chosen through the voting process to be the focus of the MSP project.
The meeting also highlighted the need for commitment of relevant stakeholders towards working together on a health agenda focused on universal healthcare provision, strengthening current systems and fostering public-private partnerships within the health sector.
Stakeholders said the meeting also created a platform for learning and addressing challenges across the Human Resource for Health (HRH) in the health sector. They added that it was a productive meeting and representation from both the public and private sector presented hope towards moving the health agenda forward in the best way possible.
Participants thanked the Kenya Health Federation for organizing the event.