KHF Healthcare financing committee held it’s meeting this year on 22nd February 2018, to deliberate on the healthcare financing areas to focus on this year. The meeting which was chaired by Mr. Isaac Nzioka, singled out Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC), payer provider relationship, capacity building, NHIF engagement and engagement with the county health governments on Healthcare Financing structures.
In Kenya, UHC has not been well achieved due to many contributing factors such as; financial instability, poor health infrastructure and low insurance coverage. UHC being one of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big four pillar is therefore, key to this committee this year as it will ensure access to promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services of sufficient quality. UHC will also reduce financial hardship when paying for healthcare services.
The committee saw it fitting to form a UHC subcommittee which will be chaired by Mr. Sereni Vittorio of Johnson & Johnson. The subcommittee will specifically handle the engagement with county health governments on HCF structures, a white paper on “Recommended Model from Private Sector on UHC”, participate in various UHC forums being organized by the CoG and member’s organizations.
Other sub-committees formed during this meeting from the key focus areas are the payer provider relationship sub-committee to be chaired by Ms. Ann Wanja of The Nairobi Hospital and capacity building sub-committee to be chaired by Mr. Isaac Nzyoka of UAP insurance. These sub-committees will put in effort in to develop private health sector models in healthcare financing.
This committee will also send representatives to participate and represent KHF in the Healthcare Financing Technical Working Group, which is one of the 9 Health Act TWGs formed by MOH and World Bank towards the implementation of The Health Act 2017. The meeting was well attended by HFC committee members namely; UAP Insurance, Care Pay, Fountain Healthcare, Minet Kenya, Johnson Johnson, Smart Applications, The Nairobi Hospital, Association of Professional Coders Kenya (APCk) and Emergency Medical Foundation Kenya (EMFK).
Kenya Healthcare Federation – Human Resources for Health Committee held their first meeting this year to outline HRH focus areas for 2018. The meeting which was chaired by Mr. Kennedy Auma touched on the major HRH challenges the committee wishes to tackle throughout the year.
Harmonization and recognition of human resources in Kenya is a strategic area that the committee intends to venture in, in terms of research and possible stakeholder collaboration opportunities. This committee plans to outline clear schemes of services for both standardization and staffing norms.
In light of Kenya’s Vision 2030, this committee seeks to tackle the severe shortage of specialized health workers across the country by tackling on the seventeen specialized healthcare professionals through training, education and labour market absorption. Focus will however be directed towards Emergency Medical Care, Health Record & Information Officers and Community Health Workers as developed from the Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) introductory workshop by KHF held on 26th January 2018. This is because the three do not have strong schemes of service. Focusing on the three selected cadres, the committee agreed on creating a database for schemes of service as well as carry a need assessment analysis to ensure training of fit for purpose healthcare workers.
Training of leaders of professional unions is an important task that the committee will venture in this year. From the discussion, most of the strikes are caused by misunderstandings and if the union leaders are well trained, they will be more diplomatic in their dealings.
The meeting was graced by a presentation on “Introduction to Corvus Workforce Services” by Dr. Kate Tulenko from Corvus Health. Her presentation depicted a labor intensive health sector. “If you get your labor wrong, then you get your budget wrong because HR makes decisions on costs”, she said. Dr Tulenko expressed the difference between a permanent payroll and a contract based healthcare worker towards achieving a work life balance.
The meeting was well attended by HRH members namely: AMREF Healthcare, Corvus Health, Nestle Kenya, AAR, Association of professional Coders, Emergency Medical Kenya Foundation, PS Kenya and Kenya Medical Women Association. There is great opportunity ahead for the HRH sector to successfully strengthen the health workforce through a combination of long-term, strategic decisions and targeted immediate/short term measures, increased health workforce officers, improve HR information systems, and scaled-up education.