KMET and partners in the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) conference in Rift Valley

KMET being one of the leading non-profit institutions that play a major role in promotion of quality healthcare in Kenya joined other health provision partners in a public private partnership (PPP) conference held in Nakuru.

The 16th August 2013 conference envisions public and private sectors working together to ensure improved access to quality health care for all Kenyans.

Speaking during the event, Dr Jackson Songa defined the PPP model as a broad partnership between the private health providers and government, in which the public sector contracts (usually on a long-term basis) with the private sector for the provision of a public service.

PPP is necessary because of among other issues the government being under strong pressure to meet growing health care needs and expectations yet public health financing is low and severely constrained.

Monica Oguttu KMET founding executive director applauding private health institutions that have been actively involved in quality improvement through the Medical Credit Fund

Monica Oguttu KMET founding executive director applauding private health institutions that have been actively involved in quality improvement through the Medical Credit Fund

This also comes in the backdrop of a fast growing private health sector that is already playing a dominant role in the country with 42% of Kenyans relying on them for healthcare.

The partnership if fostered will leverage the strengths and complement the weaknesses of the public and private health sectors hence improved access to health services.

KMET has been actively involved in fostering partnerships with the health sector in various fronts. Since 1998, KMET has collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Maternal Health strategies in an effort to reduce Maternal Mortality & Morbidity.

Making a presentation during the conference, Monica Oguttu KMET Founding Executive Director echoed KMET’s efforts in improving access to affordable health care financing in the private sector and improving quality using Safecare standards through technical assistance, in partnership with Pharm Access.

In Implementing AphiaPlus HCM KMET is also targeting the private sector in collaboration with MOH to identify institutional and programmatic gaps and priorities required to support a social health franchise– Huduma Poa http://bit.ly/13L4bzw  funded by USAID through PSI.

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