Monday, 30 October 2017 05:53

PEPFAR SEEKS FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS WITH COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS

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PEPFAR Kenya Coordinator Dr. Tamu Daniel paid a courtesy call to the Council of Governors to discuss future partnerships between the two organisations. Since its inception in 2003, PEPFAR-U.S government initiative-, has been engaging with various stakeholders among them the Government of Kenya, multilateral institutions, the Private Sector, Religious groups, community and civil society organizations towards ending HIV/AIDS globally. In Kenya, PEPFAR’s work is data driven from the National, Counties and Sub-Counties with the aim of helping in decision making. This data-driven approach, which has prevented millions of new HIV infections, saved millions of lives, is aimed at ensuring full transparency and engagements targeting geographic areas and populations where HIV/AIDS has had the most impact. “I immensely appreciate Devolution for the Kenyan people. It was about time for decentralization to allow Counties to drive development .We are ready to work with the Counties and make certain that PEPFAR is implementing in accordance with the County’s vision” said Dr. Tamu. “It is important for the Council of Governors, Development Partners and County Governments to consolidate efforts to ensure that the services are indeed available to the people” said Mrs. Mogeni.
She further reiterated that with the new constitutional dispensation, the most pressing issue is to support Counties. The two leaders agreed that it is imperative that all stakeholders including National Government, Development Partners, and Civil Societies are included in the planning and budgeting process to ensure that double allocation from the National government is eliminated. This will also ensure that the accountability process is as transparent as possible.
For counties to reach the Fast-Track 90-90-90 (90% of people with HIV diagnosed, 90% of them on ART and 90% of them virally suppressed by 2020) they need support with Health systems strengthening, innovative community health systems support, movement towards sustainability of interventions currently in place, and documentation and use of data for decision making and planning.

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