Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe is calling for efficient and verifiable programming approaches in the war against HIV/AIDS in an effort to sustain gains realised over the years.
Speaking during a virtual planning meeting of the US president’s emergency plan for relief (PEPFAR) country operational plan, the health CS said the COVID -19 pandemic has underlined the importance of self-sufficiency in local health security.
Kagwe proposed that all partners support local production capacity by prioritizing purchase of locally manufactured products and commodities.
He said local production will ensure a steady supply of medicines to all health facilities and ease the burden of people living with HIV.
While appreciating the role played by multiple players in the supply chain and shared roles in ensuring service continuity, the health CS said the ministry of health is prioritizing the setting up of transparent information sharing and monitoring of the supply chain system including a national dashboard.
He said it was paramount for communities and civil society groups to align their proposals to existing government policies and frameworks even as he decried the disproportionate risk of HIV infections and reduced access to HIV services by some sub-populations.