NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya and the Netherlands have entered into
partnership to transform the health sector and improve the
well-being of the citizens of the East African nation.
delegation from the Netherlands comprising of 20 companies and
academia in the field of health sciences visited Nairobi on
Wednesday to explore opportunities for cooperation with their local
counterparts to offer integrated healthcare solutions in growth and
investment in the sector.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu said the two
countries will identify specific sustainable innovations that will
scale up solutions to contribute to improved healthcare delivery in
“Kenya and her partners is committed to ensuring that citizens have
equitable and affordable access to the highest attainable quality of
healthcare,” Mailu said.
He noted that the country is committed to strengthening partnerships
at both the local and international levels to ensure that the pledge
to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is realized.
“The Netherlands has a world renowned health system and related
healthcare solutions that can be of great benefit to this country by
strengthening partnership,” Mailu said.
The 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey shows that Kenya has made
important strides to improve maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS,
malaria and Tuberculosis control and child mortality ratios are on
However, despite these achievements, the country faces resource
constraints given the competing needs for limited fiscal space.
Mailu said by increasing universal access to affordable quality,
promotive, preventative and curative primary health care, Kenya will
be well positioned to efficiently and effectively make further
progress in addressing its double burden of communicable and
Over the last three years, the Kenyan government has worked with
various private sector organizations to improve access to quality
healthcare through the Management Equipment Service (MES) project,
an initiative through which 98 hospitals spread across the country
have been equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
The Netherland’s Vice-Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Erik
Gerritsen, said both Kenya and Netherlands are faced with major
social challenges when it comes to accessible and quality healthcare
owing to a growing number of people with chronic condition.
“Kenya has achieved significant progress over the years in improving
health outcomes and utilization of health services and the
opportunity to set its health systems on a path to sustainability is
unprecedented,” Gerritsen said.
He said there is an opportunity for Kenya to follow a different path
because the country has at its disposal multiple innovations that
were not evident or possible for developed economies.
“Leapfrogging, or taking innovative shortcuts that are
cost-effective, scalable and easily accelerated is the way to
achieve an ‘ideal’ health system,” he stated.