Health CS jets to Canada

 The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Dr. Cleopa Mailu has left for Canada to attend the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to lead the Kenyan delegation to the Conference, hosted by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in Montréal, Quebec, today, September 16 and tomorrow, September17, 2016.

The Montreal conference brings together global health leaders to further mobilize efforts to end the devastation of three of the world’s most infectious diseases – AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – by 2030.

Kenya is running the 7th largest Global Fund portfolio globally. This puts the country in a critical position to demonstrate results in bringing more patients to treatment, alleviating suffering, ensuring accountability, engaging in meaningful partnerships and strengthening the health and community systems.

In Kenya, programs supported by the Global Fund have made an increasingly significant contribution to the international targets for key services such as the provision of life saving antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV, TB treatment under DOTS and insecticide-treated nets to prevent the transmission of malaria.

During the Health Summit on Tuesday, Dr. Mailu disclosed that 950,000 adults are on Anti-Retroviral medication thus saving 400,000 adult lives. There has also been a 50 per cent reduction in new infections amongst children. New HIV infections have reduced by over 30 per cent from 100, 000 in 2013 to 77,000 in 2015, mother to child transmission of HIV has reduced by 50 per cent over the same period from 13, 000 to 6,500 infections.

Malaria grants have been used to provide anti-malarials for free in Government and Faith based facilities. Under the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria Medicines (AmFm) the Malaria programme has delivered 27.6m doses of first line (ACT) malaria medication to the private sector making anti-malarials more accessible. Over 12.6 Million nets have been distributed since 2013 leading to reduction of the national prevalence rate from 14 per cent to 8 per cent.

The CS also revealed that the ministry has invested in the provision of quality TB medicines, and improving the testing of TB by purchasing geneXpert machines. This has led to impressive treatment rates of 90 per cent and 80 per cent in multi drug resistant TB, surpassing the WHO target of 75 per cent. Cumulatively, the country has identified and diagnosed close to 1.2 million cases of TB and all these patients were put on treatment at no cost to patients. Over a million of these TB patients completed successfully the full course of TB treatment thereby saving these lives.

Kenya successfully applied for funding support from GF to support HIV, TB and Malaria under the New Funding Model (NFM) on the January 29, 2016. This funding will run for two years starting this fiscal year 2015/16. HIV/AIDS grants amount to Sh21.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015/2016 and 2016/17, Tuberculosis to Sh6.6 billion and Malaria to Sh6.2 billion (a total of 34.7 billion).

Programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 17 million lives since 2002, when the first disbursements were made. By leveraging advances in science and applying innovative solutions, the partnership is on track to reach 22 million lives saved by the end of 2016, the eve of a new Replenishment period.

The Heads of State, Government, Private Sector and Civil Society representative’s panel discussions will be centered on removing barriers to health through empowering women and girls and reaching the most marginalized, engaging and mobilizing youth to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

 

 

 

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