The Global Fund, Ministry of Health and the Kenya Red Cross Society Flag off Medical Equipment to Counties

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The Ministry of Health on Tuesday, 7 March 2017, officiated the flagging off event for medical equipment that is part of the Global Fund grant to Kenya under the Kenya Red Cross Society Global Fund Round 10 HIV grant.

Under the Global Fund, equipment worth Ksh 1.4 billion (US$ 14 million) was allocated to cover selected health facilities of highest need in the country. Today’s flag off constitutes the second batch of equipment worth Ksh 450 million to be distributed to 1,800 health facilities, across 35 counties.

“The medical equipment is part of a strategy to build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The equipment will support the provision of essential maternal and obstetric services in our health facilities and contribute to reduction and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV,” said Dr. Jackson Kioko, Director of Medical Services.

“We would like to sincerely thank the Global Fund for this strategic partnership and taking up a noble cause that has supported our country’s increased investment in the health sector,” he added.

The Kenya Red Cross Society is the non-state principal recipient for Global Fund HIV grant. The programme’s priority areas of focus are based on the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Framework (KNASF) 2041/15 – 2018/19, which seeks to reduce new HIV infections by 75 per cent and reduce AIDS related mortality by 25 per cent by 2019.

The project intends to expand HIV prevention, care and treatment services to reach Universal Access and to reduce both incidence and the associated impact in Kenya.

KRCS, which is a Civil Society Principle Recipient for HIV and AIDs, was mandated to procure maternity and obstetric care equipment under the HIV grant on behalf of the Government of Kenya,” said Abshiro Halake, Deputy Secretary General Programmes, Kenya Red Cross Society.

“Through this programme, the Kenya Red Cross Society is committed to ensuring that vulnerable communities in Kenya receive the much-needed services in the most effective and efficient manner,” she added.

The first batch of the equipment worth Ksh 310 million was procured and distributed to 480 health facilities in 27 counties, in 2014. This equipment was distributed based on high and medium clusters of HIV prevalence based on the Kenya HIV Estimate Assessment Report, 2013.

The third and final batch of equipment under the grant worth an estimated Ksh 650 million will be distributed to health facilities across 35 counties.

“This initiative and support from the Global Fund has provided much-needed boost to Kenya’s effort to accelerate the reduction of maternal, new-born morbidity and mortality in Kenya,” said Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund.

By Diana Moraa, Kenya Red Cross