On 27th May 2021, KEPSA Health Sector Board – Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) while unveiling the leaders elected during the General Elections at the Movenpick Hotel in Nairobi.
The meeting sought to celebrate the wins of KHF under the leadership of the outgoing chairman, Dr. Amit Thakker, and directors Dr. Joyce Wanderi, Dr. Jacquiline Kitulu, Ms. Faith Muigai who had served a maximum of two terms of six years in leadership at the board level.
KHF new Chairman is Dr. Kanyeje Gakombe and other directors include Dr. Linus Gitahi, Mr. Vinod Guptan, and Mr. Isaiah Okoth. Dr. Gakombe in his acceptance speech committed to steer the federation to the next level with support from the members.
Dr. Thakker on his part, recounted KHF’s 15-year Journey that has seen the growth of the KHF Membership from 7 founding members to now over 200 members and enormous advocacy wins such as the adoption of UHC strategy by the government. He appreciated partners such as Stanbic Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Afya Elimu Fund, and IntraHealth International among others that continue to engage with KHF to carry out projects that improve overall health for communities within the counties.
Speaking during the meeting, the NHIF CEO, Dr. Peter Kamunyo appreciated the continued collaboration with the Private Sector. He noted that the private sector receives over 70% of total reimbursement however accounting for 26% of the over 8,000 NHIF providers. He attributed the high reimbursement to the quality and consistency of the private sector health service providers thus underscoring the role of the private in the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2022. To achieve this, he highlighted that the NHIF reform process is underway and will bring forth the adoption of financing and sustainability models.
KEPSA Deputy CEO, Ms. Martha Cheruto led the appreciation of the outgoing and incoming leaders and noted some of the achievements realized under the leadership of Dr. Thakker’s six-year term that included;
- Successful engagement with the government towards effective policy and advocacy initiatives. The Health Sector institutionalized the Ministerial Stakeholders’ Forum model with the Ministry of Health as a critical pathway for health sector-related policy and advocacy initiatives. This has contributed to policy wins such as UHC as part of the Country’s Big 4 agenda, the NHIF and KEMSA reforms.
- He worked with MOH to remove VAT on raw materials used for pharmaceutical manufacturing in Kenya, which dramatically dropped the cost of local production of medicines, harmonization of regulatory boards for a focused and enabling compliance thus improving access to quality healthcare in the country.
- He effortlessly led the sector in the Covid 19 Pandemic response and mitigation interventions through mobilization and donation of resources from the private sector and other stakeholders to Government, Private and Faith-Based Health organizations and coordinating collaborative efforts in the Covid 19 testing, treatment and vaccines rollout.
- Through his leadership, the government has approved the framework that has been developed jointly to clarify the role of the Private Sector and Private Sector in accelerating vaccinations thus contributing to the efforts of achieving herd immunity in the country which will accelerate the economic recovery.
- He championed the Wheels of Life initiative that was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in April 2020 to provide transport for pregnancy-related emergencies during curfew hours. This initiative has now successfully supported over 9,000 women in Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kiambu, Machakos, Nyeri, and Nakuru counties with support from the private sector.