The government has been challenged to invest more in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) if the country is to realize the provision of adequate maternal and child healthcare.
Director of the Kenya Health Federation (KHF) Faith Muigai says Kenya must borrow from best practices across the globe even as she called on young people to embrace social entrepreneurship models in an effort to provide long term solutions and innovations in the health sector.
For years, Kenyans accessed health services in facilities across the country managed solely by the government.
However, as a result of the ever increasing population currently standing at over 40 million and the high levels of poverty, Kenyans in several parts of the country have had either little or no access to adequate health services.
In a bid to change the tide, international electrical company the General Electric (GE) in partnership with KHF have for the past few years worked on mentoring social entrepreneurs as a means of improving maternal and child health care in the country.
Mercy Owuor who is a direct beneficiary of the program dubbed ‘healthymagination’ lauded the initiative as a milestone in addressing health challenges in the country, even as she called for more support.
Muigai hailed the initiative calling for the streamlining of partnerships between social entrepreneurs and the government as a way of addressing maternal and child health challenges especially in remote and impoverished neighbourhoods across the country.
17 entrepreneurs graduated Thursday from the six month program and are now set to receive close to 9 million dollars in funding from international donors to support their business models and innovations for the health sector.