As world leaders, private sector representatives, NGO’s and development professionals crowd in New York for the UN General Assembly, the Government of Kenya and PSHP Kenya organized a celebration breakfast to mark the successful first year of PSHP Kenya.
It has been a year since Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom announced the launch of the Private Sector Health Partnership in Kenya during the General Assembly in 2015. Since then a lot has happened in Kenya:
- A Community Life Center model has been designed for Dandu in Mandera County and will be inaugurated later this year in collaboration with Philips. With the Community Life Center maternal and new-born health can be improved through innovation, even in the most difficult conditions and where no-one has ever succeeded so far.
- Safaricom and Huawei have started to pool their unique expertise and services in IT and mobile connectivity to design and test transformational digital health solutions. Lead by Huawei a project is currently being designed with Lamu County Government and Mombasa Referral Hospital to test telemedicine between Lamu district and main hospitals and Mombasa Referral Hospital. Partners will also support introduction of a comprehensive electronic management system for health facilities to improve tracking of patients, availability of medical commodities, data gathering and reporting, and facility management.
- MSD announced at WEF Africa a USD 1.5 million grant, through its MSD for Mothers initiative, to a new project by JHPIEGO which will engage with the Kenya Red Cross (KRC) in Mandera and Migori counties to explore and document innovative approaches to Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) service delivery to inform national rollout of Kenya’s AYSRH policy. The project will seek innovative partnerships with businesses in the two counties, including the Philips Community Life Centre in Mandera.
Scaling up the impact
During the breakfast meeting, which took place in New York on the 19th of September, these projects where showcased to push forward the discussion on how to scale-up the impact envisioned from the partnership agenda.
Among the topics discussed was the need for a strong commitment from government to create the enabling environment needed to setup private sector partnerships. This is already demonstrated in Kenya with the establishment of the dedicated PPP Unit (public, private partnership) within the National Treasury.
As Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu.said during his remarks: “It is only through harnessing the strength, resources and expertise of the private sector, coupled with additional health care financing that we will be able to uphold the gains made in maternal and child health in Kenya. All of us should focus our energies on strengthening our health systems so that we can achieve lasting and sustainable health gains in Kenya.”
The multi-stakeholder approach, which is currently being pioneered by PSHP Kenya, was also highlighted as a key requirement for finding the successful partnership model.
In Kenya we will continue to look for new partners to join PSHP and we continue to push our learning from meetings like the one in NY to improve the current projects we are setting up to improve the health for women and children in some of the hardest to reach parts of Kenya. In the true spirit of leaving no one behind.