Since its conception in 2004, Kenya Healthcare Federation’s (KHF) membership has steadily, bringing together a diverse group of private healthcare organizations to network, learn and reason together as a unified voice. This became evident in an exclusive lunch meeting at the Boma Inn Hotel in Eldoret organized by KHF and Eldoret Hospital on the 4th of March 2016. KHF members present in the Eldoret area and KHF potential members from the region participated in the meeting to welcome the KHF team and to mark the beginning in KHF’s county engagement.
KHF was represented by Dr. Sam Agutu, KHF Director Mrs. Puja Tank, KHF Administrator.
The meeting’s main aim was to introduce KHF to Uasin Gishu County, as well as getting in touch with KHF members in the county and to highlight the major healthcare issues affecting private organizations at the county level.
Dr. Sam Agutu presented the meeting with more information about KHF, KHF’s current membership and the different membership categories, membership benefits and set out the main recent achievements of the Federation. He also pointed out the role of the county chapters and the process of formulating the chapters.
In the county, healthcare demand trends are changing and there is an increased willingness of the growing Kenyan population at county level to pay for better treatment, which has opened doors to the private health sector. At the county the private sector, under stewardship of KHF, has to play a new role in providing improved healthcare at the county level.
KHF will continuously engage with the government in policy formulation meetings to voice support and concerns and provide alternative solutions to issues facing the health sector.
The delegation composed of:
- Mr. Jack Ranguma (Governor of Kisumu and the Health Chair of the Council of Governors)
- Dr, Omar Ahmed Omar Mohamed (Deputy Head, Department of Policy, Planning and Healthcare Financing / Head of Division, Health Financing, Ministry of Healtj
- Ms. Rhodah Wanjiku Njuguna (Ag. Director, Health Directorate, Health Council of Governers)
- Dr. Andrew Mutava Mulwa (County Executive Committee Member for Health, County Government of Makueni / Chair, Country Executive Forum for Health)
- Ms. Rachel Kaki Nyamai (Chairperson of the Health Committee, National Assembly, Parliament of Kenya)
- Hon. Dr. James Wambura Nyikal (Member of the Health Committee, National Assembly, Parliament of Kenya)
- Ms. Esther Waithera Nginyo (Health Committe Technical Advisor, National Assembly, Parliament of Kenya)
- Dr. Amit Niranjan Thakker (Chairman, Kenya Healthcare Federation)
L to R : Mr. Jack Ranguma, Dr. Amit N. Thakker and Amb Solomon Maina
The team met the Kenyan Ambassador to Japan H.E Amb. Solomon Maina on 18th January and briefed him on the objective of the study tour that was facilitated by JICA.
The Vice-President of JICA warmly received the delegation from Kenya and looked forward to a fruitful collaboration between the two countries. Kenya team had several sessions with leaders from the government and private sector. The health experts shared the challenges and successes of the journey towards Universal Health Coverage in Japan and later demonstrated the overall benefits archived by the country especially in light of the aging population of the Nation.
Japan attained universal health coverage for its citizens in 1961 and currently spends about $ 4,000 per capita for comprehensive healthcare.
13% is the currently paid as out of pocket expenses. 48.6% is contributions from the employer and employee while 38.4% is the public subsidy
The Kenyan team is extremely delighted to have been given this opportunity to learn from Japan. The plans are underway by the Ministry of Health in Kenya for an all- inclusive process towards making a difference in the much needed health finance pillar.
Kenya Healthcare Federation concluded its activities for the year 2015 with an exclusive lunch meeting held at Serena Hotel on the 10th of December. The meeting well attended with members, guests and Development Partners was graced by Hon Stephen Mule as the chief guest.
Stop TB Partnership Kenya who supported the event is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership’s mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it.
Ms. Evaline Kibuchi, the National Coordinator of Stop TB Partnership Kenya presented under the theme of “do more, do something, do better together”.
Mr. Jed Ondiko, President of University students’ community organization (UNISCOO) project, presented the Health Care Innovation Challenge (HCIC). This project aims at harnessing creativity amongst students and expertise of academia to produce health solutions that are safe & effective, frugal, scalable and innovative.
The members meeting that followed was chaired by Dr. Amit N. Thakker and also present was the Vice Chair Dr. K. K. Gakombe together with the other Directors of KHF. We were privileged to have Mr. Syed Sohail from Kisumu, Aga Khan Hospital and Dr Timothy Olweny from Evans Sunrise Medical Centre, Nakuru as our invited guests.
The meeting which was attended by over 60 members and guests deliberated on the updates from the following KHF committees.
Healthcare Regulations and Quality & Standards committee report was presented by Millicent Olulo, Supply Chain Committee by William Mwatu, Healthcare Financing Committee by Dr. Amit N. Thakker and Dr. George Rae, Public Private Partnership Committee by Dr. Jaqueline Kitulu and Human Resource for Health Committee by Winnie Shena.
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Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) has grown in the years that have passed, bringing together various healthcare organizations to network, lean and reason together as one voice. This was evident in the Exclusive Cocktail event organized by KHF on the 15th of September 2015 where KHF members turned out in numbers to celebrate and mark a new beginning in its leadership.
The event which was attended by distinguished healthcare professionals and Leaders of the private health sector was celebrated at KHF office basement at Rosami court.
The event which majorly aimed at thanksgiving to the outgoing board and ushering in the new KHF board of directors also highlighted the success KHF has undergone for the past 10 hears. The vibrant KHF board which was elected in the 7th AGM held on 27th August 2015, were all present to share their approach towards new governance in order to make a difference.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, the new elected Chairman of KHF pointed out the changing trends in Healthcare demand in Kenya and the willingness of the growing Kenya middle class to pay for better treatment, saying it has opened doors to the private sector to play a new role in providing better healthcare.
“Though the leadership of the new Board, which comprises of brilliant minds in our sector and its inclusive membership, KHF will forge ahead with its main activities around Advocacy, Regulations, Public Private Partnerships, Quality and Standards, Networking & Trade opportunities and Health Project Partnerships” he clarified.
KHF being the Health Sector Board for Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the presence of the chairman of KEPSA Mr. Dennis Awori was highly felt in his speech which sited the honor KEPSA have to have incubated KHF in its early stages. He also congratulated KHF members and Leadership for the success.
“At KEPSA, which is the voice of the private sector, we have institutionalized multiple advocacy channels which include PRT, SRT, and COG” he said.
“KHF will continue to take advantage of these so as to continuously engage with the government to promote the pro- growth policies for the sector. I am aware that the Health MSF is very active and I urge you to keep up this momentum as dialogue remains the pivot on building partnerships and solutions.”
The cocktail which went in to the night welcomed varieties of fashion and elegance from the wide range of healthcare ball as members tossed to the success.
(L-R) Puja Tank (KHF Administrator), Winnie Shena (Director), Peter Kamunyo (Director), Amit Thakker (Chairman), Kanyenje Gakombe (Vice Chairman), Faith Muigai (Director), Joyce Wanderi (Director). Not in the picture – Sam Agutu (Director), Jackie Kitulu (Director), Bola Tafawa (Director)
Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) the health board for Kenya Private Sector Alliance which is dedicated to engaging the government and all relevant stakeholders in achieving quality healthcare by maximizing the contribution of the private sector held its 7th AGM on 27th August 2015. The Federation represents the private health sector with membership from corporate industry, institutional association and professional associations
Dr. Amit N Thakker was elected as the new KHF Chair who takes over from Mr. Walter O Ookok, having served in this position for eight years. Dr.Kanyenje K Gakombe from the Kenya Association of Hospitals comes in as the Vice Chairman.
“Amit is a well-known industry expert in the health space with a positive track record that speaks for itself. His appointment as the Chair of the Kenya Healthcare Federation will add immense value in shaping the private sector’s role in improving overall health care in Kenya. On behalf of the Board of Directors and management of KEPSA I extend our congratulations to Dr Thakker and his new Board of Directors and wish them well for their term ahead. We will provide them all the support they need to make a positive difference to the nation as it transits from the old order under the previous constitution into the new one with it’s unique challenges caused by devolution,” says Dennis Awori , the Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance
The AGM that was attended by leading private hospitals and service providers, pharmaceutical industry, insurance and finance institutions, health professional associations, NGOs and several other private sector health partners also voted in seven other Directors to serve a 3 year term.
Prime Minister of Rwanda, Hon. Anastase Murekezi, addresses the participants during the opening ceremony of EAHF Conference 2015
Rwanda Healthcare Federation hosted the East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda from 17th– 19th May, 2015 at a Rwanda hotel. The Conference’s theme was ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Financial sustainability of Healthcare Delivery Systems.’
The conference was organized into different sessions where different issues within the health sector got to be addressed, among them innovative models for access to healthcare; new regional trends in technology and health; aligning partnership with the private sector (PPPs); Regulations and government policies; Community empowerment through healthcare; Role played by the Private Sector in the Ebola epidemic; Competitive edge improving financial sustainability; Emerging trends in medical travel and tourism; and Key health priorities In the East African region.
Dr. Amit N. Thakker, CEO-KHF walks in with the Hon. Anastase Murekezi, Prime Minister of Rwanda for the Opening Ceremony
There was a good representation of delegates from all 5 East African countries among them participants from both the private and public sectors. With their participation in the two days, the outcomes from the conference were as follows: Reinforcing Public Private Dialogue in the healthcare industry in Rwanda; Improved harmonization of regulation at regional level for the healthcare industry Increase investment in the; Rwanda healthcare industry through collaboration with regional and national enterprises(private healthcare facilities, diagnostic centers, laboratories, pharmaceutical distributors, and improved benefit packages offered by the insurance industry); Defining the roadmap in achieving universal healthcare coverage in EAC; Human Resources for health; improved collaboration with academia and higher education facilities within EAC that will improve the skill based and the quantity of healthcare within Rwanda which will directly impact on increased inbound medical travel .
(L-R) Danny Mutembe, Conference Director 2015, Hon. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health- Rwanda, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, CEO- KHF
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.