USAID PSE program consortium members paid a courtesy call to the KEMSA CEO, Dr. Andrew Mulwa. The delegation consisting of representatives from the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) aimed to introduce the PSE program to KEMSA and explore ways the two could collaborate to support local healthcare manufacturing in Kenya. KHF was represented at the meeting by Dr. Kanyenje Gakombe, Dr. Tim Theuri, Ms. Charity Kamau, and Ms. Roseanne Kinyua.
Dr. Tim Theuri, CEO of KHF provided an overview of the PSE program and its third sub-purpose – increasing local manufacturing of health products and technologies in Kenya. During the discussions, Dr. Mulwa welcomed conversations supporting local production, stating they were “music to his ears, both personally and as an organization.” He highlighted KEMSA’s policy-level efforts, aligned with the government’s UHC commitment, to bolster local manufacturing.
Dr. Mulwa looked forward to collaborating with the USAID PSE program and other partners to realize the common goal of boosting local healthcare manufacturing. He said KEMSA has actively worked on policies to back local production, as the national government strives to attain universal health coverage. Moving forward, Dr. Mulwa was enthusiastic about teaming up with the USAID PSE consortium on this shared priority