21 November 2016

Kenya Collective Action


In support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ health and Kenya’s Beyond Zero Campaign, a new public-private partnership, is being launched in Kenya. This ground-breaking initiative will harness the strength, resources and expertise of the private sector, in alignment with the Global Financing Facility and close collaboration with the Government of Kenya, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank and other partners. Kenya is among the 10 most dangerous countries for pregnant women. UNFPA is leading the implementation of the H4+ partners 6 County Initiative in Kenya. These 6 out of 47 counties have been identified because of their remoteness and very high burden of maternal death. They contribute to nearly 50% of all maternal deaths in Kenya.

The private sector’s collective action will target a number of activities in these 6 counties, notably: strengthening supply chain management for health commodities; increasing availability and demand for youth friendly health services; capacity building for health professionals; innovations to health management systems; increasing access to energy for facilities, youth empowerment; research; and resource mobilization. Over 3.5 million women, newborns, children, adolescents and family members will be reached through this initiative by 2020. Companies that have signed onto the initiative include: Safaricom, MSD, Philips, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Huawei. Kenya Healthcare Federation and UNFPA will convene partners and coordinate the implementation of this joint-commitment. We will continue enrolling companies to the initiative on an on-going basis.