The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed a US$ 1 million (Kshs.117,000,000) donation from the People’s Republic of China to provide support to Kenya’s health sector.
The assistance given by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya through “China-Africa Collaboration to Catalyze and Accelerate Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Kenya” program in October 2018, according to UNICEF Representative to Kenya Maniza Zaman, has aided the rollout of some of the most high impact health initiatives in places deemed to be in urgent need of health services most in Kenya.
“This contribution has ensured women, children and newborns living in disadvantaged areas of Kenya have improved access to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services.” She said
During the signing of Certificate of Completion at the United Nation’s offices in Nairobi, it was confirmed that the funds from Beijing were used to implement numerous projects in 8 counties.
Apart from provision of maternal, newborn and child health services, the funds aided acquisition of medical equipment and services to a total of 159 health facilities, benefiting over 3,045,000 Kenyan citizens.
“With the support of this generous grant, we have been able to expand and strengthen the primary healthcare networks in Samburu, Marsabit, West Pokot and Kakamega, four counties which now have stronger community health services. This is the ‘first level’ of Primary Healthcare outlined in the Government of Kenya’s strategic framework for Primary Health.” She said
While reiterating that UNICEF is incredibly grateful for the generous support, the UN Agency representative noted that because of its mandate in the country, UNICEF Kenya is delighted that Kenya is one of the eight African countries benefiting from the China South to South Cooperation Assistance Framework.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian expressed satisfaction that the support from President Xi Jinping’s administration had greatly impacted the lives of Kenyans, especially in the remotest parts of the country.
“We are pleased to jointly confirm that the project has been successfully completed and achieved the desired results. The success of this project is a good demonstration of the sound cooperation between China and the UNICEF under the framework of the South-South cooperation.” He said
“We hope we will have more such cooperation in the future, so as to make greater contribution to Kenya`s social and economic development.” He added
The Chinese top diplomat in Kenya noted that medical and health promotion remains one of the topmost priorities of China in Africa under the framework of Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). With the signing of nine cooperation areas last year, Amb. Zhou disclosed that major health programs will be rolled out in the continent to strengthen China-Africa cooperation.
“China will allocate more resources for global development and give continued support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” He said
He said similar China-funded projects have also been implemented in other seven Africa countries at the same time by the UNICEF under China South-South cooperation assistance fund.