Kenya has adopted Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as one of its big four priority agenda led by His Excellency the President. It is envisaged that by 2022, all persons in Kenya will be able to utilize the essential health services through a single unified benefit package, without the risk of financial catastrophe. We are therefore, very
excited, to be hosting this congress at such a momentous time. Universal Health Coverage is more than just eliminating the out-of-pocket expenditure; it is also about ensuring access to quality health care.
UHC is a major policy shift with massive implications for the future health of
Kenyans and the economy.
The Kenyan Economic Survey 2018 shows that public expenditure on health services increased from Sh38 billion in 2013/14 to an estimated Sh66 billion in 2017/18. Despite heavy investments by the government in health services, more than half of total health expenditure is non-public, meaning that the government does not meet most of the health expenses.
It is therefore imperative to think of how to enhance the capacity of both structurally and resource-wise to meet the needs of the population. A popular saying goes that majority of Kenyans are one medical emergency away from poverty and thus the need to continuously encourage the populace to register into various health
schemes prior to one getting sick.
In order to sustain quality reproductive health services, it is vital that we should focus on creating partnerships with the Private Sector, NGOs and Civil Society groups. such partnerships will intensify funding opportunities and stimulate the sustainability of the health programs, research, and development