Family planning and maternal health for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage

Listen “How do we ensure that Universal Health Coverage is possible in Kenya by 2022? The answer is simple,” so wrote Dr Werner Schultink, the Unicef Representative to Kenya, Dr Rudi Eggers, WHO Representative to Kenya, and Mr Siddharth Chatterjee, the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya. “The focus has to be on preventable and primary healthcare […]

Primary health care for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage: The Kenyan context

Listen As already seen, Kenya is a signatory to the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 and several others, including the Bamako Initiative of 1988, and the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, and now the SDGs and the Astana Declaration. It is in 2005 that Kenya moved from a concentration on the disease burden to the promotion […]

KEMSA in a devolved healthcare system – ongoing legal reforms

Listen The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority went through tough times between 2000 through to 2008. The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency was established through Legal Notice No. 20 of 2000 with the hope of curing the challenges that its predecessor, the Medical Supplies Coordination Unit (MSCU), faced. However, the Agency was unable to fully deliver on […]

Role of KEMSA in UHC

Listen The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is a State corporation established through the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Act No. 20 of 2013, leading to a change of name from an Agency to an Authority. The Authority’s functions, as outlined in the KEMSA Act that established it, are as follows: Procure, warehouse and distribute drugs […]

Paula Kahumbu – One angry voice for endangered wildlife

Listen Known for being the fearless powerhouse behind the iconic “Hands off our Elephants!” campaign that builds awareness among local leaders and citizens to join hands in the fight against poaching, Paula Kahumbu is one of Kenya’s most influential conservationists. When President Daniel arap Moi set a 12-tonne pile of ivory on fire on Tuesday, […]

Margaret Mwangola

Listen In a quest to liberate as many women as possible from the gruelling task of trekking long distances to fetch water, Margaret Mwangola co-founded the Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO), bringing clean drinking water closer to homes. She knew that providing clean water would reduce waterborne diseases, and give women more time to […]

Jennifer Riria – Microfinancier whose mission is to transform women’s lives

Listen Dr. Jennifer Riria was the long serving chief executive officer of Kenya Women Finance Trust and now group CEO of Kenya Women Holdings. Through 27 years of leadership and still counting, she has transformed what was a failing women’s microfinance organisation into one of Africa’s leading microfinanciers, while changing the lives of numerous women […]

Jacinta Mwatela

Listen Jacinta Mwatela had an exceptional career as a banker. She worked at the Central Bank of Kenya from 1977 and ultimately rose to the rank of Deputy Governor in May 2005. She also served at the Kenya Tourism Board as acting chief executive officer. Throughout her career, Mwatela has been vocal and uncompromising on […]

Ingrid Munro

Listen After a career in housing, Ingrid Munro, a Swedish architect and urban planner, retired and founded Jamii Bora, a microfinance trust. A former UN-Habitat worker, Munro previously worked with the Swedish government in the Bureau of Housing Research before moving to Nairobi. As a housing expert with the United Nations, Munro pressed for decent […]

Agnes Odhiambo

Listen Agnes Odhiambo is the first Controller of Budget, a constitutional office she took up in August 2011 after emerging as the best candidate out of 157 applicants. This is not her only first. She was the first female student at the University of Nairobi to graduate with a first class honours in her area […]