14 July 2017
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.
Over the last year PSHP Kenya has been receiving support from the World Economic Forum’s ‘Health Systems Leapfrogging in Emerging Economies’ team which aims to help emerging economies “leapfrog” over development stages that had previously been unavoidable to speed up progress towards universally accessible, affordable, high-quality services. This support has complemented the great support provided by the Global EWEC Private Sector Engagement Team facilitating great linkages, knowledge exchange and exposure for Partnership growth. Through the collaboration with EWEC and WEF, PSHP Kenya has been able to build a strong platform to engage with key public and private stakeholders, create political support for the initiative as well as catalyze cutting-edge expertise for design of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) leapfrogging innovations.
At WEF Davos (February 2016 and January 2017) PSHP Kenya got both time mentioned and at WEF Africa (May 2016) it was referred to as one of the most promising PPP for Health initiatives currently undertaken. A number of PPP initiatives have taken off and promising new models that offer the best of both public and private sector are being tested, with the potential for scaling-up the delivery of care for vulnerable and poor populations in low-resource settings. Total current commitments of PSHP Kenya partners are approximately $2.5 million.