Members Meeting on 29th April 2021

Members Meetings are forums hosted by the Kenya Healthcare Federation to bring together Health Sector Players from the Private Sector, Public Sector, Faith Based Organizations, Development Partners and other Stakeholders to discuss various emerging issues and success around the health systems. This meeting was a Virtual Meeting.

During this meeting, an opportunity was given to the KHF 2021 Election Candidates to share their manifestos and vision for the Federation.

The KHF members meeting was called to order at 11:00am by the KHF CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita who welcomed members to the meeting. Dr. Nyalita briefly took members through the agenda putting emphasis on the guest presentation from Stanbic bank and the various engagements KHF had with Stanbic Bank in the recent past.

Welcome Remarks from the Chairman

In his welcome remarks Dr. Amit N Thakker mentioned this would be last meeting he chairs as the elections are round the corner and he will be stepping down. He thanked all members for their continued support during his six year term in office. He appreciates members for doing an amazing work in battling the COVID – 19 pandemic through togetherness and recognized unified voice. Dr Thakker also thanked Stanbic on their support working with KHF to fight COVID 19 pandemic.

Private Sector Involvement COVID 19 Vaccine Deployment in Kenya

Vaccine Hesitancy has been a major challenge and thus the low uptake in Kenya was quite noticeable. KHF Leadership and Directors lead by example and took the initiative to curb the spread of Corona Virus by taking their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine. The Ministry of Health, Kenya has appointed the KHF Chair Dr. Amit N Thakker, KEPSA CEO Ms. Carole Kariuki Karuga, PSK President Dr. Louis Machogu & PSK CEO Dr. Daniella Munene and KMA President Dr. Andrew Were to a technical working committee on Covid – 19 vaccine deployment. The Committee will focus on developing a Framework to enable the Private Sector play a role in increasing vaccination pace and volumes of the vaccine, saving lives and livelihoods of Kenyans, positioning Kenya for Economic bounce back and in-cooperating the vaccines for – all initiative. The Role of the Private Sector includes; importation, sourcing, logistics, distributions and administration of the Covid-19 Vaccine.

Covid 19 Vaccine Deployment in Kenya – Private Sector Preparedness Plan
Key focus areas where the private sector can complement the Government of Kenya efforts

Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF)

Kenya Healthcare Federation and Ministry of Health had a successful Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF) on 13th April 2021. The matters discussed included; NHIF, Covid – 19 Vaccination, Multiple Regulation of Lab Reagents, United Health Coverage (UHC) Enrollment and Digital Health Regulations. This forum involved Chief Administrative Secretary at Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Abdi Aman, BPharm., PhD and Chief Executive Officer at National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) – Kenya, Dr. Peter Kamunyo.

COVID – 19 PPE Donations: KHF and KEPSA

KHF, Stanbic Bank and KEPSA handed over Personal Protective Equipment to Kajiado County and Machakos County to help the country continue fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation in Machakos was received by Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua while in Kajiado County, the donation was received by Kajiado County Deputy Governor H.E. Martin Moshisho together with Kajiado CEC for Health Ms. Esther Somoire and other county government officials.

Kajiado County PPE Donations
Machakos County PPE Donations

KHF 2021 ELECTIONS

KHF Members were privileged to listen to speeches from the Incoming KHF Board Nominees;

  1. The Incoming Chairman Dr Kanyenje Gakombe who was none-opposed was pleased to step in as the Chair and stated that he is ready to continue the good work that has been done.
  2. Dr Linus Ndegwa congratulated the current leadership for the good work done since visibility of KHF can be seen. He has vast experience in Medical Research, Health Service Delivery, Business Practice and Dental Professionalism.
  3. Vinod Guptan has been in the industry for 28 years working in the Supply Chain environment in Kenya and many countries. He has worked closely with KHF for the past 10 year and understands the diversity of KHF and KHF members.
  4. Ms. Cynthia Kahumbura seeks to add value to KHF through quality healthcare service delivery agenda at all level of healthcare ecosystem. This can be achieved through digital solutions, building capacity for Healthcare Provides and creation of sustainable models. She went on to mention the importance of strategic partnerships and public partnerships and leveraging on each other’s strengths.
  5. Isaiah Okoth also thanked the Chair and Board members for the job well done. He mentioned that he was there at the beginning when KHF was formed and is happy to see the massive growth. The vision is set, the map is drawn and all left is to continue walking the path towards achieving a common goal. Has a vast experience in Healthcare and IT and has worked with global companies including GE Healthcare and PharmAccess Foundation. He engaged with Ministries, Country Governments and International Organizations.

The Timelines of the General Election are as follows;

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Healthcare Financing Committee

KMA CEO Dr. Njoki Fernandez updated the meeting on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

Supply Chain Committee

Med Source CEO Vinod Guptan updated members on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

Human Resource for Health Committee

KHF Vice Chair Dr. Elizabeth Wala updated the meeting on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

Health Regulations Quality and Standards

PharmAccess Foundation Regional Director, Ms. Millicent Olulo updated the meeting on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

ICT and Mobile Health Committee

KHF CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita updated the meeting on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

Public Private Partnership Committee

KHF CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita updated the meeting on the below issues, possible impact and proposed solutions;

Upcoming Events and Projects

KHF CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita took members through the upcoming events as per the KHF calendar. One of the major events highlighted was the KHF AGM coming up on 27th May 2021.

KHF Projects.
Current Projects and Activities.

  1. AERC – BMGF EAHF Project
  2. MSP2 Kenya (in partnership with BMZ, Malteser International, Amref)
  3. Allm Market Entry Project
  4. Wheels for Life
  5. Payer Provider Engagements

There being no AOB, the KHF Vice Chair Dr. Elizabeth Wala thanked members for making it to the meeting and the meeting was adjourned at 1:11pm.

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