Nyeri County will next week host the second Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) conference, bringing together local and international health sector stakeholders, to discuss and strategies on how to deliver accessible, quality and affordable healthcare to all Kenyans.
The three-day conference is slated for 12th and 13th September 2018.
The theme, Universal Health Coverage for Sustainable Development, will focus on seeking transformative solutions to halt and reverse the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) epidemic at national level contributing to the national agenda of the “Big 4 Initiative” and Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Non-communicable conditions such as cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular and mental health diseases are on the rise in the country and continue to pose threats and untold suffering to many Kenyan households.
Currently, NCDs cause over 63% of deaths globally, with 80% of these deaths occurring in developing countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that NCDs will cause 73% of global deaths and 60% of disease burden by 2020. In Kenya, NCDs account for more than 50% of total hospital admissions and over 55% of hospital deaths.
Commenting on the upcoming conference, the Social Pillar Director at the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Ada Mwangola said: “Kenya’s vision to become a middle–income economy with a high quality of life for all Kenyans by the year 2030 is threatened by the rise of non-communicable diseases and its adverse impact on the health of communities, thus limiting the health sector goal of achieving affordable health care of high-quality standard.”
The conference in Nyeri will also be an interdisciplinary platform that provides opportunities for stakeholders to discuss multi-sector approaches to addressing NCDs including the role of private sector in accelerating treatment access, the role of government, civil society representing the consumer in linking them with appropriate partnerships.
According to a report released by the Ministry of Health National STEPwise 2015 survey, NCDs account for 27% of the total deaths and over 50% of the total hospital admissions in Kenya.
The report further revealed that urbanization, an aging population, and adoption of unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol consumption are leading to a growing prevalence of non-communicable conditions.
The second UHC conference is organized by the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board in partnership with Ministry of Health, Amref Health Africa, Kenyatta University, Kenya Health Federation (KHF), General Electric (GE), and the Council of Governors.