Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) held its second Ministerial Stakeholders’ Forum (MSF) on 4th November, 2014 at the Ministry of Health Offices in Nairobi.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health. Mr. James Macharia co-chaired the meeting with KHF’s Chairperson. Mr. Walter Ookok.
The Cabinet Secretary, Mr. James Macharia, in his opening remarks, stated that health was key in the social sectors and in the Government as a whole.
He noted that the private sector plays a key role in the sector. He emphasized that the MSF was a critical forum for discussing the health sector’s issues and therefore there should be more frequent interactions. The Co-Chair, Mr. Walter Ookok, further remarked that a healthy nation is a more productive one.
Mr. Macharia emphasized on the need to work together to ensure the key issues highlighted in the Health Sector Action Plan were addressed.
Dr. Amit Thakker, KHF CEO, informed the meeting that the Federation had held a meeting on health care financing and consultations were on-going.
A report on the same would be shared soon.
In response to the progress made by the NHIF reforms, the Chair informed the meeting that a consultant is currently working with NHIF to come up with a leaner and more effective organization structure and a phased reform agenda. He further noted that the Miscellaneous Amendment Bill, which was before Parliament, proposed restructuring of the NHIF Board. He indicated that a decision had been made to retain COTU, FKE and KNUT in the board.
Dr Wilson Gachari, Ministry Of Health, gave a presentation that aimed to discuss Ebola preparedness. In his remarks he stated that Ebola was a ‘public health emergency’ that concerned all sectors. He justified Expanding Ebola preparedness activities beyond the health sector stating that;
- Retail pharmacies are de facto ‘primary health care centers’
- Leadership at every level needs to be oriented on how to support health sector during crisis
- ‘culturally sensitive’ interventions e.g. Supervised burial, require communities lobbied in advance
- Key sectors should be kept ready & aware that their support may be required
- Preparedness efforts can tap on the influence of business, religious and other opinion leaders to reinforce key messages
He emphasized on the need for both public and private sector players involvement in Ebola preparedness activities in their different capacities. He mentioned that strategies to be applied included;
- Create a ‘lay version’ of the Ebola training material and use it to reach out to other stakeholders
- Inform each sector of their possible role in each phase of the contingency plan
He encouraged members to come up with more strategies
The Director for Medical Services, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, thanked the private sector for their support towards Ebola preparedness. He informed the meeting that the Government had set up a multi-sectoral taskforce on Ebola.
He indicated that there were regional meetings taking place to help in this preparation, most recent one being the previous week. He stated that three laboratories have been prepared to handle Ebola cases. He noted that there were plans to deploy health workers to West Africa (including the Private sector) for 3 months.
The post event report of the 2nd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit is now available for download here. The report covers the proceedings of the summit which took place in Lusaka, Zambia.
As mentioned at the last KHF general meeting , Kenya Healthcare Federation has been approached by HANSHEP to take part in the formation of the HUB, and be the alpha testers for the site. The official launch will take place at the World Health Summit in Berlin (October 2014) that will be graced by several health Ministers around the world including our Cabinet Secretary of Health. This is a wonderful initiative for EAHF which will provide us an extremely positive visibility with health partners around the international community. It should poise us well for projects that would involve the private sector in this region.
Collaboration has begun with the technical expert from US, Ms Casey Santiago information about KHF in general along with other East African Healthcare Federation members.
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At the summit we will be examining strategies for the development of East Africa’s rapidly growing healthcare sector. We are expecting over 250 senior level decision makers to be in attendance this year, the audience will include ministers of health, CEO’s and Directors from the largest public and private hospitals across the region.
Medical clinics and also a high number of distributors looking for International partners. To give you an idea of how well our events are attended I have included a link to some footage filmed by Bloomberg TV at our last sold out Africa Healthcare event.
We have recently confirmed GE, Medtronic, Wolters Kluwer, Linet & Novartis as sponsors and are in the process of finalising several other major sponsorship deals with global solution providers. The East Africa Health Platform , an extremely respected & influential body, have decided to endorse the East Africa Healthcare Summit 2014. This means that they will be supporting us in building the agenda and ensuring the attendance from all of the main Governments and Hospitals from all over East Africa. This is in addition to the long list of other supporting organisations that are backing the event.
We have only been producing this Summit for 4 weeks now yet through our reputation for holding well organised, well attended and effectively focused events, we have encountered a huge demand for presentation slots, exhibition booths and delegate tickets for the Summit in Dar es Salaam this July. If you would like to be involved in the East Africa Healthcare Summit 2014 in any of the above mediums then please contact us immediately.
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The 2014 Conference focused on “Creating Business Opportunities in Healthcare in East Africa”, and was hosted by the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF).It was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mr James W. Macharia.The event aimed at increasing business opportunities, collaboration and innovation in the private health sector, so as to improve health outcomes in the East African region.
Founded in 2004, the KHF is the Health Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) that promotes the interests of the private health industry
The 2014 Conference, with the theme “Creating business Opportunities in Healthcare in East Africa”, was organised and hosted by the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) and officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia. Distinguished guests from EA Ministries of Health included Ruhakana Rugunda – Ministry of Health, Uganda, Chole Ndayikunda, Burundi representative and Margaret Mhando – Ministry of Health, Tanzania.
The EAHF In May, 2012, healthcare umbrella associations of EA countries met in Kampala and formed of the East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF). With the formation of EA Common Market, the EA private health sector realized the need to form a common platform to present regional private healthcare issues. Alongside the KHF, the EAHF comprises of the Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF), Burundi Healthcare Federation (BHF), Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA) and Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF)
Nairobi will be hosting the third chapter of the East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference at the Safari Park Hotel, from March 2 to March 4. The talks will cap a year in which Kenya experienced debilitating strikes by health workers amid reports of a polio outbreak and subsequent declaration of a national emergency,
The conference which is to be held in Kenya for the first time – previously held in Kampala and Dar es Salaam – is themed “Creating Business Opportunities in Healthcare in East Africa” and will bring together Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Burundi.
Dr Amit Thakker, the Conference Director and CEO of Kenya Healthcare Federation, said “Our conference is trying to foster a greater partnership between the five East African states through public-private and private-private partnerships.”
He noted that faith-based organisations – such as the Aga Khan University Hospitals and the Hindu Mandal hospital – were playing key role in the region’s healthcare.
That said, one of the key challenges plaguing the region is the availability of qualified professionals, and to this end, he hopes that the conference will “reduce non-tariff barriers and improve movement of health workers around the region.”
Dr Thakker added that Tanzania in particular needs to invest in training, although he acknowledged that the country’s National Health Policy was one of the most progressive in the region.
Tanzania will be represented by a 50 member strong delegation. This is comparison to 35 delegates from Uganda and 10 representatives each from Burundi and Rwanda.
The EAHF conference will discuss, among other issues, ways to increase healthcare personnel and attract further investment in the sector
Article by – Aamera Jiwaji