The KEPSA Health Sector Board – Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) hosted the 2020 Annual Round-up Forum on 10th December 2020. The virtual event aimed to bring together Health Sector players from the private sector, public sector, development partner groups, and other stakeholders to celebrate the successes and achievements in the health sector as well as to chart a way forward into the coming year.
The event was led by KHF Chair Dr. Amit Thakker together with KHF Vice-Chair and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Wala and Dr. Anastasia Nyalita respectively. The forum was graced by Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretaries, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi and Dr. Rashid Aman.
In her address, Dr. Mwangangi appreciated the collaborative initiatives by the Ministry of Health and the private sector in Covid-19 Pandemic mitigation during the year. She highlighted some of the remarkable collaborations such as; an engagement with the Architects Association of Kenya which is informing the redevelopment of the Ministry’s infrastructure, collaboration in the development of protocols which are now available at Ministry’s website, support in the supply chain through donations, the contribution of private sector laboratories during the pandemic, and other various innovative approaches that have furthered discussions towards mitigating the pandemic.
Dr. Mwangangi further highlighted potential areas of continued collaboration between the Ministry and the Private Sector. She reflected on how supply chain efforts can be scaled up through identifying more items that can be manufactured locally for both local and export consumption, leveraging the pooled procurement from KEMSA in a framework that promoted accountability, and scaling up training through the emerging technological platforms. She went on to reiterate the commitment by the government to reform NHIF to cater for Universal Health Care and address the various bottlenecks highlighted by the private sector.
On his part, Dr. Aman acknowledged that 2020 has been a difficult year for the sector and appreciated the private sector partnership and contribution in mitigating the pandemic through the provision of PPEs through the private sector-led Covid-19 Fund. He reassured the government’s steady efforts in containing the pandemic with vaccines on the horizon while looking forward to a continued partnership with the private sector.
Dr. Thakker presented the various wins for the private sector despite the pandemic. He hailed the KHF membership growth during the year and the Wheels for Life program that seeks to facilitate maternal health care during the pandemic. Dr. Thakker also acknowledged the donations targeted to boost both public and private health facilities, provision of capacity building sessions to the health workers, emergence of telemedical platforms, and various advocacy initiatives. The KHF Chair further lauded the partnership with SPARC to conduct an engagement with payers and providers in the Kenyan private health sector to collate challenges and proposed solutions to inform joint actions that will eventually inform policy. He also assured the private sector’s commitment to complement and collaborate with the Ministry of Health for an improved health service delivery system.
The sector will thus carry on the best practices and lessons learned to inform better programming in the future.