In Summary
  • The big question that experts asked then was whether the Sh8.2 billion increase would be sufficient to ensure a significant increase in UHC for Kenyans.
  • Eight months after the launch and the country is struggling to fund the programme.

  • The government launched the UHC pilot programme dubbed Afya Care on December 13, 2018 in Kisumu County.

Implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme has been delayed due to lack of funds.

The Nation has established that the World Bank did not factor in the budget money for drugs and non-pharmaceuticals which was consequently not disbursed.

SEED FUND

According to communication by Health PS Susan Mochache Tuesday, Sh931 million from the World Bank was not disbursed because it had not been approved.

Consequently, the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa), which has been given 70 per cent of the UHC budget for purchase of drugs for four counties under the pilot stage, has not received the money for two months now.

Ms Mochache, however, noted in the communication that the funds had already been approved by the World Bank, “but not factored in the budget.”

The government was to release the funds for drugs as well as an additional Sh20 million for anti-cancer products by the beginning of July. Kemsa was chosen as a key cog in delivering the President’s agenda and has since improved on its delivery capacity.

The authority is expected to play a critical role in realising the affordable health agenda and has expanded its capacity.

The government promised to give Sh3.22 billion to Kemsa as a one-off seed fund to achieve this objective.

To implement the programme, the government proposed to allocate the health sector Sh69.987 billion, Sh72.820 billion and Sh73.146 billion for the financial years 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 respectively.

AFYA CARE

This indicated a progressive increase in the sector over the period.

The big question that experts asked then was whether the Sh8.2 billion increase would be sufficient to ensure a significant increase in UHC for Kenyans.

Eight months after the launch and the country is struggling to fund the programme.

The government launched the UHC pilot programme dubbed Afya Care on December 13, 2018 in Kisumu County.

The programme was to enable Kenyans to access affordable healthcare without financial hardship.

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