HEALTHCARE FINANCING COMMITTEE CONTRIVES ON DELIVERING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
The healthcare financing committee held a dinner meeting on 31st May 2018, at Pride Inn Hotel to strategize on how to deliver UHC from the Private health sector perspective. The committee strategy is also under the BAF project that was granted to KHF for advocacy. The dinner meeting being chaired by Dr. Walter Obita, took three hours and was very intense and informative. In his opening remarks, he highlighted that the committee has been tasked to lead universal health coverage within KHF.
Dr. Obita reminded the attendees that Universal healthcare basically looks at quality healthcare, accessibility and reduction of out of pocket expenses while accessing health services. He further reiterated that KHF fully supports UHC which is part of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s BIG 4 Agenda number 4, Affordable Healthcare. KHF’s approach is to have both private and public health providers to be able to offer this care because there will be cross – referrals and the patients should be able to access this care. There was a suggestion on an engagement on risk pooling mechanisms to ensure agreement on the type of what mixed methods that can be used in order to reduce exposure on both public and private insurance insurance companies.
One of the agendas floated was to have the private Insurers be the first to insure claims for the patients to access care followed by National Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF). KHF agreed that there should be a benefit package that should be used by the patients when they seek care. This provides an opportunity for the private insurance companies to assess the gaps within NHIF so as to develop a benefit package that addresses these gaps. There was also a suggestion that we should have a health benefits regulatory body that can provide an oversight for both NHIF and private insurers. This will provide an enabling environment for both public and private insurance, increase accountability and have transparency.
This intitiative will enable innovations to look into health financing that can be introduced in the counties, and enable citizens to access healthcare at an affordable rates. For example Makueni County Healthcover where each house hold is supposed to pay Ksh.500.00 to access care with no additional cost. The benefit package should also concentrate on primary healthcare.
Dr. Amit Thakker – KHF Chairman highlighted that KHF has started County Stakeholder forum which is under the BAF project and is focusing on healthcare financing towards achieving UHC. So far KHF has covered two counties successfully and has a plan to cover seven counties. There was an agreement that NHIF should be advised to pay first key focus on the poor in the society.
The meeting was well attended by Amref healthcare, Fountain Healthcare, Carepay, Business Advocacy Fund, Access Afya, Association of professional coders, Health store east Africa, The Nairobi Hospital, Jubilee Insurance and KHF secretariat.
Human Resource for Health Committee holds It’s second meeting
The human resource committee held it’s second committee meeting for the year 2018, on 29th May 2018 at Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) offices, from 8:00am to 9:00am.The meeting was chaired by Mr. Ken Auma – Committee chair. In his opening remarks, he informed the attendees that there has been a directive for the Cuban doctors to be deployed where they will work in the country for a period of one year. This was information was relayed by the permanent secretary for health, Mr. Peter Tum during the ministerial stakeholder forum.
He further advised the committee that KHF should identify the true needs of human resource for health so that in future and through strong public-private partnership (PPP), the government acts in the interest of it’s citizen.
Mr. Auma reminded the committee about the upcoming Emergency Care Technician symposium that will be held on 28th – 29th June 2018 at Safari Park Hotel Nairobi. He further advised the committees that there is need to address the following: what is their strategy in terms of growth, do they have a structured approach of engagement, how many are they and what is the capacity?
Mr. Auma updated the members on the Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) curriculum which is a MOH initiative under the Community Health and Development Unit in collaboration with Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC). The CHEWs are medics with diverse medical backgrounds (engineers, nutritionists, labs, etc.) and there is a need to harmonize their knowledge, so they can deliver healthcare at the community level.
The CHEW curriculum is completed and signed by the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Director. It has also been pre-tested by 70 CHEWs from 17 counties.
Currently, there are many health records information officers (HRIOS) and they have an association but not fully recognized and there is need to recognize them. There are two upcoming conferences on health records. They include a one-day conference in September at The Nairobi Hospital and a one-week conference organized by the Health Records Association. The venue for the second meeting will be communicated later.
Moreover, the chairman informed the committee that the Ministry of Health has a database on all enrolled professionals but there is need to classify different human resource for health professionals for example classifying Clinicians who have done health information in the health system. Therefore there is need for KHF to push the Ministry to ensure live documents on human resource information. There is need to involve the Health Records Professional Associations in the data collection and storage process.
There was a suggestion that KHF should come up with an awarding system for the external partners, whom KHF works with like the Counties thereafter do more appreciation first to its members then later awards.
There was a uniform agreement that that KHF should not sit back and assume all will go well whenever there are critical issues, KHF should come up with appropriate strategies towards such healthcare matters. Dr. Christine Sadia added that KHF needs to do SWOT of good balance and take a strong stand on arising matter in the health sector.
Enterprise Ireland Seminar
Enterprise Ireland held a seminar and networking event 11th June 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The seminar focused on East Africa as one of the fastest growing regions of Sub Sahara Africa, which has growing middle class currently estimated at 10%. It’s in this region that three of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world are based.
The aim of the seminar was to give Irish companies an overview of the market opportunities in East Africa, provide practical information regarding the mechanics of exporting to the region, review how to partner with East Africa based companies and to focus on the sectors that are most attractive for Irish exports.
After the seminar, the companies were expected to give views on whether it’s a suitable market for them and how to progress it to the next stage with support from Enterprise Ireland.
“Africa will not be developed by foreign aid alone, but by doing business with a social conscious which create sustainable impact.” Dr. Ian Clarke – Chairman International Medical Group & Clarke Group Limited.
Dr. Ian Clarke however, noted that, there should be ready opportunities in education and training since 400,000 graduates travel from Africa to the rest of the world for education. Additionally,
Kenya, Botswana and South Africa have the highest financial inclusion in Africa, but the rest of Africa is improving because of good technology.
Dr. Amit Thakker – Chairman, Kenya Healthcare Federation, presented opportunities for the Irish private sector in East Africa. He informed the attendees that the Irish population is 10% of the Kenyan population yet $18 billion is spent on healthcare in a year in Ireland, compared to the $3 billion spent on healthcare annually in Kenya. In terms of spending per capita, Kenya spends $70 per person on healthcare whereas Ireland spends $3800 per person. Therefore, Irish companies would have to tailor their services and products to the needs of the East Africa in terms of balancing quality with affordability in order to penetrate the East African markets effectively.
Dr. Thakker highlighted some opportunities for the private sector, based on their financial viability and the size of potential deals. These opportinuties include: service delivery and diagnostics, human resources for health training, information and communication technology, enablers, health financing ,pharmaceuticals and medical devices & equipment.
There was a consensus reached that success requires, a real commitment of time and resources inorder to form meaningful partnership or entice the right stakeholders.
The seminar was well attended with the key presenters including: Ms. Angela Ndambuki – CEO Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Ian Clarke – Chairman International Medical Group & Clarke Group Limited, Mr. Samuel Makome – chief operations officer, Kenya Commercial Bank, Dr. Amit Thakker, Chairman Kenya Healthcare Federation, Mr. George Mokogi managing –Director- carrier services division – Telkom Kenya Limited and Mr. Stanley Muia – senior program manager of commercial & business strategy – Adrian Kenya Limited.
5TH Annual Devolution Conference 2018
The 5th Annual Devolution Conference – 2018 took place at Kakamega High School in Kakamega County from 23rd to 27th April 2018.The conference was hosted by the Council of Governors in partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and Arid & Semi-Arid Land(ASAL), the Senate, the County Assemblies Forum and other stakeholders .The conference brought together 6,000 people from different sectors such as; Health, Trade, Agriculture, Urban Planning & Infrastructure, Private Sector, National and County Government representatives and Members of the Public.
The Conference also focused on the president’s Big four Agenda where there were break out session to
Discuss more on Health, Trade, Agriculture and Urban Planning & Infrastructure where there was impactful contribution from the members of the Public, and Private Sector. All sessions were chaired by the Cabinet Secretaries (CS) or Principal Secretaries (PS) from the various Sectors. In attendance was the CS Ministry of Trade, Industries and Cooperatives Mr. Adan Mohamed, CS Ministry of Energy Mr. Charles Keter, PS Housing and Urban Development Mr. Charles Mwaura, the PS Crop Development, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, PS Irrigation Fred Sigor, the PS ASAL Mr. Michael Powon, the PS Devolution Mr. Nelson Marwa, the Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Rashid Aman and the PS Health Mr. Peter Tum among many others.
There were plenary sessions which Portrayed strong political will, to ensure that the Big 4 National Agenda is achieved and to demonstrate the political commitment to Devolution. Deputy President, William Ruto emphasized the importance of the Big 4 Development Agenda which will transform Kenya. The Big 4 agenda will also help deepen Devolution and benefit all Kenyans. He reiterated that partnership will be very key in achieving the big 4 Agenda.
The President in his speech emphasized that Health is very key in the big four Agenda “We aim, by 2022, to give every family in the Republic access to Affordable Healthcare. Again, this is no small task and it will require a reimagining of the status quo. In defining this aspiration, I recognize that County governments are at the closest point of inflection when it comes to the provision of Health services at the grassroots.
There will be the hard work of financing this dream and restructuring all the institutions critical to its success. We will have to improve the quality of our facilities and manage the cost and quality of drugs; we will also have to train and recruit more Doctors and Nurses. Equally, all of us will have to work together to fit existing programmes into the new plan. Still, the work will be well worth it. A win in Healthcare today is a decisive win for generations to come.”
The PS for Health Peter Tum expressed an overarching vision of affordable Healthcare as captured in the Kenya Health Policy 2014 – 2030. He emphasized that the Ministry of Health has scaled up their interventions in order to be able to achieve the goals set out in the policy. Already, such interventions have led to reductions in maternal deaths. He briefly reminded the attendees that the Universal Healthcare Coverage pilot program would be held in 4 Counties, namely, Nyeri, Kisumu, Machakos and Isiolo. The lessons from this will determine the way forward in relation to the Universal Healthcare Coverage Agenda.
Prof. Khama Rogo from the World Bank stated that for interventions to be successful, the difference must be made at County Level. For instance, we should allow training for Human Resources for Health to be implemented at county level. He emphasised that Universal Healthcare Coverage will be achieved when we capitalise Devolution.
Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) represented the private Health sector through the attendance of Dr. Amit Thakker – Chairman, Dr. Jacqueline Kitulu – Director, Ms. Faith Muigai – Director, and Dr. Peter Kamunyo – Director.
There was a session on ‘Critical Enablers for Optimizing Health Sector Performance’ where Dr. Amit Thakker – Chairman – KHF was part of ‘’ panel in this session. In his remarks, he highlighted that the private sector contributes a lot in the Healthcare and will continue to advance the Health Sector in Financing; Innovations such as Telemedicine; Stakeholder engagement and Healthcare service delivery. Sanda Ojiambo from Safaricom added that the Big 4 agenda provides great opportunities for transforming Business.
There were booths where the attendees displayed their products and services. Moreover the KHF members who showcased the organization’s products and services at the booths were; Management Science for Health, Pharm Access Foundation, AMREF and Philips.
The Devolution Conference was well attended and gave all the relevant stakeholders a platform to engage on important issues in relation to key sectors. KHF was able to engage with Government officials and showcase the importance of private sector contributions to the Kenyan Health sector.
The Deputy President Willam Ruto closed the meeting by appreciating the attendees for their unified effort towards Devolution. “I would like to pay tribute to all of you for your devotion to the success of Devolution. Rest assured, you have a strong supporter of Devolution in this Administration. Let us all define our leadership through service, work, and delivery. The magic of Devolution, after all, is in service delivery. That is what Kenya needs; that is what our people need. By the time this leadership term is over, we will be celebrating 60 years of self-rule. We are the ones with the power to ensure that we have something to show for that time.”
Communique KHF 2018(Click to Download)
Communique – Kenya Health Forum 2018(Click to Download)
Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) holds the first Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF) for the year 2018 with newly appointed Principal Secretary Mr Peter Tum
Principal Secretary (PS) for Health Kenya, Mr Peter K. Tum hosted his first Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF) on 17th April 2018 at Afya Annex. The Forum which was co-chaired by Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman of Kenya Healthcare Federation was well attended by Ministry of Health (MOH) officials, KHF Directors, KHF Committee Chairs, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) coordinators.
The PS, in his opening remarks, acknowledged that engagement with the private sector is important due to the critical role it plays in all areas of Health, most importantly; policy development, supply chain of Health Commodities, Service Delivery in terms of facilities, Employment of Health workers, Patient Management , use of Technology, Research and Specialized Training. He noted that only by synergising the Public and Private Sector can we achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).
Dr. Thakker, extended his appreciation to the Ministry of Health for recognising the role of the private sector as the engine of growth and creating an enabling environment. These conditions have led to significant growth of the private sector in Kenya that currently caters for half the health work force as well as 50% of the current facilities in Kenya. The current contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is slightly over 2.3%, which is well above the Sub-Saharan African Countries average of 1.7%.
Mr Stephen Macharia – Public Private Partnership (PPP Unit – MOH) gave a presentation that highlighted the key issues discussed in previous MSF meetings. He identified the significance of the private sector as it has the highest number of healthcare facilities contributing to 54%. In addition, he pointed out that there is need to focus on the lower income level of the population that are not covered by health insurance. There is therefore a huge market for the Private Health Insurance.
There were Seven emerging issues identified among the private sector as; Health Regulations, Healthcare Financing, Supply Chain, E-Health and Technology, Public Private Partnerships, Human Resources and Quality & Standards.
Dr Amit Thakker addressed the first issue as Health Regulations, where He offered KHF inclusion in the Health Act implementation committees and stressed the need to have a neutral regulatory body (Health Benefits Regulatory Authority),that will govern both the Private and Public financing Institutions as we embark on accelerating Coverage for Universal Healthcare (UHC).
Mr Isaac Nzyoka (Chair – KHF Healthcare Financing Committee) expressed support of the government’s agenda on UHC. In his presentation, he stated that there is need to strengthen the role of the private sector in terms of Health Care financing because it has a lot to offer. Private Insurers have over 200 financial distribution centres in the country that can be very useful. He noted that one of the biggest challenges in UHC is reaching the entire population. The Private Sector can achieve this through technology that can enroll members and manage overall process efficiency.
Dr Louis Machogu – Vice Chair KHF Supply Chain Committee, emphasized that the cost of care needs to be reduced and we can do so by promoting local manufacturers of medicine through appropriate incentives. Both sectors need to come together to utilize the 5000 registered private sector pharmacists to negotiate lower costs. VAT on medical devices are calculated on the patient bill and this ought to be reversed. Regulations need to be strengthened for control on parallel imports and influx of substandard products.
Ms. Daniella Munene (Member KHF e-Health Committee) spoke on E-health and Technology where She requested that the harmonized coding system at National Hospital and Insurance Fund (NHIF) be shared with the private sector which will result into a rich Data and innovation between the two sectors if they work together.
Ms. Joyce Wanderi – KHF Director & a member of KHF – PPP Committee proposed that the Public and Private Sector should organize a retreat to prioritize what the various pillars should be focusing on towards scaling up PPPs. She suggested greater transparency in the procurement process as well as looking at strengthening the PPP unit at MOH.
Mr. Ken Auma – Chair KHF Human Resource for Health Committee (HRH) Committee, Enlightened the members on the Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) initiative under taken by KHF in regard to the 3 health cadres that need support which can play a role in UHC. He proposed that a unified curriculum be put in place for the 3 cadres and incentives be given to assist KMTC in the training process.
Anthony Jaccodul Vice – Chair KHF Quality & Standards Committee presented on quality and standards where He stressed on the need to include the Private Sector in the process of making Kenya Quality Model for Health (KQMH) the minimum standards certifying tool in Kenya as well as introducing a harmonized national coding system to enable data share.
Ms. Pauline Irungu, Vice Chair – Health NGOs Network (HENNET) emphasised that UHC needs to feature Quality of Care much more prominently.
Dr. Sam Mwenda, Chair – Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) reiterated that Kenyans need to be empowered to access facilities that they have not been able to, this will enhance the change.
The meeting was very productive with the hope of good collaboration in the Health sector towards achieving quality and affordable healthcare for all Kenyans.
Kenya Healthcare Federation(KHF) Leadership Team First Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health
The Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) Leadership Team and Ministry of Health(MOH) had a courtesy call with the Cabinet Secretary of Health Mrs. Sicily Kariuki to plan for the upcoming Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF).
KHF and MOH officials briefed the CS on the past six MSF engagements and the progress achieved in the past years. The Health Bill 2016 that subsequently become an act in 2017 and is currently under implementation is one of the success cases where KHF has worked with the Ministry through the MSF. Taxation waiver on imported pharmaceutical raw materials, implementation on the Joint Inspection Checklist and discussions on VAT on medical devices are some of the industry healthcare matters discussed within MSF in 2017.
This year the private sector plans to work with the Ministry to accelerate healthcare access by encouraging local manufacturing of medicines with commitment towards quality and affordability, Promoting the concept of UHC in partnership with county governments towards achieving affordable healthcare for all in keeping with the Big 4 agenda, interface with the government on problem solving opportunities within the ICT sector through data sharing and interoperability, Educating the counties on PPP acts guided under the national PPP framework is also key as KHF is now working closely and directly with the county governments to achieve deepen affordable healthcare for all.
The Cabinet Secretary urged KHF on the need to invest more on health to deliver on UHC with pooled investments. She commended the private sector efficiency and innovation in delivering healthcare within satisfactory timelines and commits the governments’ interest to work with private sector and achieve quality and accessible healthcare. She advised KHF to continue working with the Governor of Isiolo County Hon Mohamed Kuti as he is a very resourceful towards demand driven engagements.
There are great investments opportunities in the healthcare sector in Kenya from all over the world that needs clear definition of partnership structures with value add towards achieving UHC. KHF and MOH will hence work together and evaluate tangible impact in unlocking these opportunities.