Kenya is hosting the first ever summit on high-level national dialogue on health financing.
Starting from Monday June 26 to June 28, 2023, the country is bringing together key stakeholders including government officials, civil society, development partners, private sector and media houses.
The summit’s objective includes reviewing and assessing health financing strategies, identifying key strategies for enhanced national health financing, prioritizing initiatives aligned with domestic priorities and the ALM Declaration, and creating an action plan for progress tracking.
Kenya will become the third country in Africa and the first in East Africa to convene such a dialogue which previously was held in Malawi and Zambia.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the summit will play a vital role in as an enabler in allowing Kenya to meet her domestic health financing commitments.
“The government has recognized the importance of investing in health evidenced by the gradual increase in contribution to the financing of healthcare services over the past 10 years,” Health CS Susan Nakhumicha Wafula said.
“We are not yet there, the Abuja declaration was 15 per cent, we are way below that so we must work together to ensure that we get to 15 per cent,” she added.