USAID Private Sector Engagement Program Co-Creation Workshop with Directorate of Health Products and Technologies (DHPT) on Local Healthcare Manufacturing in Kenya

A 4-day co-creation workshop was held to discuss strengthening local healthcare manufacturing in Kenya. This workshop brought together key players from the public and private sectors to hold discussions on growing domestic healthcare manufacturing capacity in the country. Participants included government agencies like the Directorate of Health Products and Technologies (DHPT), the State Department of Trade, Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA), the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), as well as USAID’s Private Sector Engagement (PSE) program partners, the Africa Resource Centre (ARC), and API For Africa (APIFA).

The first day involved each organization outlining their objectives, current initiatives, roadblocks, and mitigation tactics related to expanding local manufacturing. The next two days focused on collaborative group discussions to draft an actionable roadmap for national agencies and USAID’s PSE partners to pursue coordinated efforts aimed at enhancing Kenya’s healthcare manufacturing abilities.

Overall, the four-day workshop aimed to foster a shared understanding across public and private sector stakeholders regarding key barriers and interventions involved in growing Kenya’s capacity to serve as a regional leader in accessible, high-quality, domestically-produced health products. The mapping of partners and roles would ideally translate into targeted, joint initiatives to boost local healthcare manufacturing moving forward.

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