Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) a private sector membership-based organization and serves as the health sector board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Founded in 2004, the Federation has a membership of 160 organizations that can be divided in corporate members, professional and institutional associations all active in the Kenyan health sector. The membership of KHF come from all the 6 building blocks of health systems as specified by the WHO:
- Service Delivery
- Health Workforce
- Supply Chain
- Health Financing
TKHF’s goal is to have an enabling environment that supports quality affordable healthcare for all Kenyans. The Federation will achieve this by championing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for better healthcare, by networking, engaging, representing and through win – win negotiations. The national Government of Kenya (GoK), County Governments, Faith Based Organization (FBO) networks, Development partners and NGOs in health are all key partners of KHF in trying to achieve its goals.
Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) holds it’s 10th Annual General Meeting
The Kenya Healthcare Federation held its 10th Annual General Meeting on 28th June 2018, at Prideinn Hotel in Westlands from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.This also marked the 10th year Anniversary since the company was incorporated. There was also an election held for the position of Vice-Chairman and Board of Directors. Kenya Healthcare Federation was birthed in 2004 with only seven members who are also the founding members. In marking 10 years, KHF celebrate it’s growth in membership to 134.
The company bearing the slogan ‘Voice of the private Health Sector’ has been playing a key role in health advocacy. Moreover, KHF has been on the forefront of ensuring quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. The voice of the private health sector focuses on six game changers, which will enhance the role of the private sector. These include; health regulations and quality & standards, public – private partnership, supply chain, information, communication, technology and mobile health committee, health financing committee and human resource for health. The company works closely with the national and county governments to strengthen the public –private partnership in improving the overall health.
The AGM was chaired by two Board of Directors, Dr. Bola Tafawa and Faith Muigai. Who ensured that the day’s agenda was ushered with efficiency The annual financials was read by to KHF members. Chairman Dr. Amit Thakker thanked all the Partners, Members, Board of Directors and the secretariat for the support and the tireless effort they put together to ensure the company achieves it’s goals. He moreover emphasized that the company is in full support of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BIG 4 Agenda of delivering quality and affordable healthcare. Dr. Thakker congratulated and thanked the board of Directors that retired, for their immense effort in ensuring the voice of the private health sector is well projected.
There was an election carried out for the four vacancies for the new board roles, this was conducted by Archer and Wilcock.The following won the elections; Dr. Elizabeth Wala- Amref Health Africa won the position of (Vice Chairman), Dr. Anastasia Nyalita – Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry, won the position of (Director – Institutional Associations) Dr. Walter Obita – Healthstore East Africa won the position of (Director – Corporate) and Dr. Daniella Munene – Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya won the position of (Director – Professional Association).The new Board assumed office immediately.
During an interview with the newboard, they all expressed their gratitude for the support from members and promised to work uniformly in ensuring that KHF goes to the next level and achieves it’s key advocacy role in health.
The chairman Dr. Amit Thakker congratulated and welcomed the newboard moreover, he thanked the sponsor for the AGM that included, BroadReach Healthcare, Quality Care Dialysis and AAA Healthcare for their support through sponsorship for the event.
The meeting was well attended by a total of 137 members that included; KHF Partners, KHF members, Ministry of Health, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Uganda Healthcare Federation, Christian Health Association of Kenya and Health NGOs Network, Kwazulu Natal Doctors Healthcare coalition limited –South Africa and Lenmed Healthcare group- South Africa.
Kenya Healthcare Federation has now partnered with Nation Media Group (NMG) towards a healthier nation through publication of healthcare articles. This was evident at the AGM when both parties cut a cake as witnessed by Members and Partners to mark the beginning of this partnership. Mr. David Aduda from NMG shared a presentation to the Private Health Sector, highlighting the aim of the partnership as to create a link between the private health institutions and the target audience by providing relevant information on various health services and facilities available as well as work with health professionals to enrich content through interviews or soliciting their expert opinion on topical health issues. A section in the Nation Newspaper “Healthy Nation” has been allocated to KHF through its membership for publication of write-ups on topical issues, expert opinions and tips for stories to be published every Tuesday.
The Chairman of KHF Dr Amit Thakker on behalf of the Board of directors reported on a successful year which has been highlighted by new partnerships and diversification. KHF has in the recent past worked with the Healthcare agencies, NGOs, FBOs and Ministry of Health to address quality, affordable and accessible healthcare, in a bid to transform the sector for enhanced efficiency and sustainability. In his report, Dr Thakker highlighted KHF activities and achievements the board has been focusing on in the past one year. This included Advocacy, Regional and Networking, Membership, KHF Committees and Projects.
KHF members expressed their satisfaction at the positive progress made and the promising times ahead. KHF recognize the unprecedented blend of skills and experience within its membership to take it forward and is looking forward to working with all its members. Healthcare in Kenya is one of the most essential human requirements, and its disbursement should be addressed with the requisite sensitivity to prevent loss of life and decrease in human capital.
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