KHF hosted the Members’ Meeting on 21st October, 2021 at the Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi. This Meeting is a Private Sector Forum that brings together leading Healthcare Organizations within the KHF Membership, Partners including Ministry of Health Representation, Development Partners, Faith Based Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Key highlight during this Forum is a presentation by The End Fund on driving a sustainable and locally driven movement to end Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). KHF and The End Fund have partnered to create awareness about NTDs and their devastating impact to communities and to galvanize support for the newly formed African Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTD) Leadership Initiative.
This meeting was moderated by KHF Director Dr. Daniella Munene and KHF CEO Dr. Anastasia Nyalita; Dr. Daniella made the introductory remarks and welcomed all the members for attending this meeting both physically and virtually.
During the meeting, Hydroliq Pure Water Solutions through Janst Healthcare International Limited, made a presentation which was led by Janst Healthcare Product Manager, Liz Nyokabi. She made a demonstration on Hydroliq Pure Water Disinfectants emphasizing that it is a Non – Hazardous Air Disinfection for Healthcare Facilities. She stated, “This is the sustainable way to fight viruses, bacteria and germs in the air and surfaces”. She also stated, they are providers for breast feeding solutions known as Medela to mothers in Kenya and across East Africa.
“This is the sustainable way to fight viruses, bacteria and germs in the air and surfaces”
Multi Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) also made a presentation which was led by MSP Partner Program Coordinator, David Owino regarding the Advocacy for the Unregulated Healthcare Professionals. He stated MSP is a consortium made up of Malteser International, AMREF Health Africa, Kenya Healthcare Federation and Unitely with the aim of enhancing the training and deployment of Unregulated Healthcare Professionals.
Head, Kenya National Public Health Institute, Dr. Sultani Matendechero gave an overview of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Sector in Kenya and The Ministry of Health response regarding this matter. He explained how the NTDs fit within the Kenya National Public Health Institute. He stated, “Let us remember that in reality, it is the people affected by NTDs that are neglected. They have been left behind.” Ending NTDs would increase economic output from affected communities and free up government resources being used to treat these diseases.
“Let us remember that in reality, it is the people affected by NTDs that are neglected. They have been left behind.”
Kakamega County First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Priscillah Ambetsa Oparanya explained the Role of Government in the control and elimination of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She also spoke about the Kakamega Country experience in terms of combating the NTDs.
Bungoma County First Lady Caroline Wangamati made a passionate appeal to all of us – Private Sector, Public Sector, Government, and various organizations – to do more towards elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
The End Fund made a presentation led by The End Fund Vice President, Programs, Dr. Carol Karutu stating why African participation and leadership matters to tackle NTDs. She emphasized that they have made a progress of 35 million NTD treatments in Kenya. She concluded, “Together, the Kenyan Government, County Government, Private Sector and our International Colleagues; together, we can end NTDs!”.
“Together, the Kenyan Government, County Government, Private Sector and our International Colleagues; together, we can end NTDs!”
KHF Chair, Dr. Kanyenje Gakombe took the initiative and welcomed MOH Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Abdi Aman. He made a key note speech on Neglected Tropical Diseases and explaining the Role of The Ministry of Health in terms of combating the NTDs. He stated, “The Ministry of Health is committed to the expeditious elimination of NTDs in Kenya. This commitment is aligned with the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO) NTD Roadmap 2021 – 2030.”
“The Ministry of Health is committed to the expeditious elimination of NTDs in Kenya. This commitment is aligned with the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO) NTD Roadmap 2021 – 2030.”
The End Fund Vice President, Programs, Dr. Carol Karutu concluded their session by initiating an interactive session with the KHF Members regarding “Where do we go from here and What part can you play as a Kenyan leader?” in terms of combating the NTDs.
KHF CEO, Dr. Anastasia Nyalita took the moment and appreciated all the new oncoming KHF Members and congratulated them for joining the KHF Membership. She spoke about the advocacy agenda focusing on Ministerial Stakeholder Forums, Presidential Round Table, Payer – Provider Engagements and other KHF Events, Engagements and Partnerships.
During the final sessions of this forum, KHF sought to chart the way forward for the remaining part of 2021 along the 6 Committees namely; Healthcare Financing (HCF), Healthcare Regulations, Quality and Standards(HR & QS), Supply Chain(SC), Public Private Partnerships(PPP), Human Resources for Health(HRH) and ICT and Mobile Health(ICT) with their Chairs and Vice Chairs representatives; John Kamau, Eunice Wanjiku, Oduor Otieno and Vinod Guptan.
KHF Vice Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Wala concluded the Members Meeting with a vote of thanks to all Health Sector players from the Private Sector, Public Sector, Development Partner Groups, Partners and Stakeholders and all KHF Members for attending this Forum.
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