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Faith-Based Organizations and private sectors play a critical complementary role in the provision of affordable quality health services in the country. The current, health situation in Kenya necessitates partnerships to bridge resource gaps both financial and technical in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage. On this account, the Council of Governors calls for measures to enhance structured stakeholder consultations which are key in guiding and enabling sector partnerships and joint health sector coordination and planning.

On 10th September 2019, a meeting between the Council of Governors and representatives from Faith-Based Organizations and the Private Sector was called to explore areas of partnership with the view of addressing the existing gaps. Some of the representatives’ present included Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Secretariat, Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS), Women 4 Cancer, Avenue Hospital, Consolata Mission Hospital, PCEA Kikuyu and Litein Hospital was held 10th September 2019.

The meeting sought to provide a platform for networking opportunities, learning and sharing best practices and creating a forum for linkages and partnership on health matters between the County Governments, Faith-Based Organizations and the private sector in health service delivery. It noted that Faith-Based Organizations and private players in the health sector such as the Avenue Hospital and Consolata Mission Hospital have over many years successfully managed their health facilities, shared information on best practices on delivering sustainable quality health services and enhanced partnership. These are some of the practices that County Governments seek to tap into and will benefit from in this kind of partnerships.

The successful implementation of Universal Health Coverage requires that partners come and work together to deliver to the citizens. Thus, participants looked at the need for low-cost affordable service delivery, enrollment of the communities into NHIF, sharing of specialists, annual upgrading of equipment for quality and efficient service delivery, advanced technologies, support from County Governments in areas of Human resource, supplies and equipment and increased revenue generation.

The meeting, however noted that over the years the private sector and FBOs have faced challenges such as delayed remittance from NHIF, bureaucracy in-licensing of facilities, human resource gap, erratic supplies from KEMSA, taxation of medical equipment, disaster management and infrastructure among others.

The meeting was concluded with the way forward being that there is a need to; pursue strategic partnership opportunities with private firm’s e.g. Turkish firm KAYI which deals with diagnostic equipment, direct engagement with NHIF management on issues raised on NHIF mainly on delayed reimbursements, leverage on the learning opportunities from the meeting such as health

management information systems, telemedicine and cash management systems and organize a follow-up meeting after the signing of an MOU between Counties, COG, FBOs and MOH.

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