In the month of November, the USAID PSE program organized county co-creation meetings in the program’s five focus counties, namely:
- Mombasa – held at Bliss Resort in Mombasa on 14 November
- Kisumu – held at Best Western Hotel in Kisumu no 15 – 16 November
- Nakuru – held at Waterbuck Hotel in Nakuru on 16 – 17 November
- Uasin Gishu – held at Eka Hotel in Eldoret on 23 – 24 November
- Nairobi – held at Double Tree by Hilton in Nairobi on 28 – 29 November
The key objectives of the November co-creation meetings were twofold. Firstly, to foster buy-in for the USAID PSE program from county health management teams and other local stakeholders. Second, to pinpoint areas ripe for collaborative efforts between all parties involved. Similar stakeholder meetings with a diverse array of counties—including each of the five current focus counties—had already taken place back in September. As such, the latest round of gatherings provided an opportune moment to review earlier discussions and chart a clearer path forward.
Adhering to a common format, each meeting commenced with welcoming remarks from either the USAID PSE Chief of Party (COP) or Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), followed by an introduction from the County Director of Health or their chosen representative. Brief participant introductions preceded a comprehensive presentation by the COP/DCOP on the overriding purpose and planned interventions of the USAID PSE Program. The subsequent
Q&A session gave way to breakout discussions, as attendees divided into two distinct groups. Each group featured representatives from the county’s private healthcare sector, health management team, and USAID PSE program consortium—the latter including KHF. These groups were tasked with assessing private provider challenges requiring action within the county, brainstorming potential interventions, and identifying partner organizations that could assist in the eventual implementation.