What’s next for Public Private Partnerships on health care in Kenya?


PSHP invited partner, government officials and private sector representatives to discuss public private partnerships in Nairobi.

With the Private Sector Health Partnership, PSHP Kenya, the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA and Kenya Healthcare Federation together with World Economic Forum, WEF are meeting with government officials and private sector companies to discuss the future of PPPs in Kenya.

Gathering private sector companies, health officials, development partners and county governors the meeting takes aim at improving health for women and children through partnerships.

A number of Public Private Partnership initiatives have taken off in Kenya showing how new models that offer the best of both public and private sector can be successful. These promising initiatives have the potential for scaling-up the delivery of care for vulnerable and poor people in low-resource settings, not only in Kenya, but all over the world.

The meeting comes at a time when the Government of Kenya is also increasingly promoting PPPs as a means to unlock financing and expertise in support of the realization of Vision 2030. Important strides are being made in order to build the necessary regulatory frameworks and support systems that can facilitate PPP’s to add value to key sectors like health.

Taking stock of current progress

The Private Sector Health Partnership is a group of private sector companies and organizations who are committed to improve health care services for women and children in Kenya. The initiative was lunched during the UN General Assembly last year in support of the Every Woman Every Child campaign.

Since its inception last year several projects to improve maternal and child healthcare in the counties have begun.

  • A Community Life Center model has been designed and will be inaugurated later this year in collaboration with Philips in Mandera. The project seeks to demonstrate that 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.
  • Huawei and Safaricom are pooling their unique expertise and services in IT and mobile connectivity to launch a telemedicine solution connecting health facilities in Lamu County with the regional hospital in Mombasa by video. This will give the communities in Lamu access to health experts without requiring the time and money previously needed for travelling. Skipping these obstacles means earlier interventions, better diagnosis and comprehensive follow-up care. Huawei is also supporting Lamu County to roll-out a game-changing health information system across all public health facilities to improve patient care, the availability of medicines, and the quality of reporting.
  • At WEF Africa in May MSD announced a USD 1.5 million grant, through its MSD for Mothers initiative. The grant supports a new project by JHPIEGO and the Kenya Red Cross in Mandera and Migori to explore and document innovative approaches to Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH) service delivery.

“It has been a very interesting first year for the Private Sector Health Partnership in Kenya. We have seen concrete projects come to life with collaboration between the UN, the private and the public sector. But not only have we seen projects on the ground, several conferences and meetings have focused on improving the Public Private Partnership system. We aim to make it easier for private sector companies to contribute to the development of the communities in Kenya”. – Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chariman, Kenya Healthcare Federation

Next steps

Kenya is currently a frontrunner country on the UN General Secretary’s Every Women Every Child campaign and the political support for partnerships has been driving the current momentum for maternal and child health improvements. During the meeting the participants will further discuss how to scale-up the successful PPPs and learn from the experiences. Strengthening the whole ecosystem for healthcare provision from service providers, to the regulatory framework and access to markets is on the table for discussion. All in an effort to make the best possible foundation for strong partnerships.

The event is a continuation of the dialogues jointly organized by WEF and UNFPA on September 2015, December 2015 and February 2016.

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