Country Statement by Hon. Beth Mugo, EGH, MP. Minister for Public Health and Sanitation
“…..Mr Chairman, on behalf of the Kenyan delegation, I wish to thank the government of
The government of
The government underscores the importance of continuous monitoring and evaluation of the Social Determinants of Health outcomes whose data is used to provide evidence for policy formulation, planning and interventions. We also note that this information must be shared with all stakeholders for purposes or harmonizing our approaches to address the social determinants of health.
Since August 2010,
Other interventions include:
· Construction of a model health facility in 201 out of 210 constituencies that the country is divided into. We have also employed additional 50 health workers per constituency which totals to 12,000 additional health workers which is a step towards increasing equity in access to health care.
· Rolling out the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) for Urban areas which we aim at attaining coverage by 2013.
· The Health Sector Service Fund- through which funds are being disbursed directly to health facilities that are ran by local committees.
· Creation of Intersectoral coordinating mechanisms for thematic areas e.g. child health, sanitation and malaria among others.
· Accelerated programme based approaches for example in the malaria and T.B. progr
The government has also put in place a Public-Private-Partnership policy in order to enhance partnerships and coordination. In addition, our current Kenya Health Policy Framework has embedded in it the concept of Health in all Policy Approach to address the social determinants of health.
Mr. Chairman, despite these achievements and on-going interventions, we face challenges in providing universal access to health. Some of these challenges include: inadequate funding to the health sector, influx of refugees from neighbouring countries with weak health systems, the rural urban migration a situation that further strains our limited health resources and systems, the emerging threat of non communicable diseases, hard to reach terrains which hinder access to health facilities. With regards to brain drain, we urge the developed countries which are the major beneficiaries of health worker migration to support training of health workers in developing countries.
However, the government of
Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health
World Conference on Social Determinantds of Health
Available online at bit.ly/q5anfm
The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health expresses global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities. It will help to build momentum within WHO Member States for the development of dedicated national action plans and strategies….”
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