Health for All Campaign Team Readies for Official Kenya Launch in April 2014

Health for All Campaign Team Readies for Official Kenya Launch in April 2014

 {Photo credit: MSH} (Left to right) Geoffrey Ratemo of Rutgers University; Senator Godliver Omondi, chair of United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK); Dr. Abdi Dabar Maalim of the Transition Authority; Ndung’u Njoroge of the Transition Authority; and Evanson Minjire of Vision 2030 Secretariat at the first "Health for All" technical working group meeting in Kenya.Photo credit: MSH

The Health for All: Campaign for Universal Health Coverage is working to ensure that challenges that hinder access to quality health care in Kenya are addressed. The campaign aims to ensure that governments and stakeholders in health services delivery prioritize strengthening infrastructure, human resource for health, and health care financing to improve service delivery.

The campaign will official launch on April 28, 2014 with the theme, "Health systems strengthening for universal health coverage".

In preparation for this launch, the campaign team has recruited a Technical Working Group to spearhead the campaign. At the first meeting on January 21, 2014, the team identified the health systems strengthening theme and three sub themes for the campaign: strengthening infrastructure, human resource for health, and health care financing.

[Campaign partners at the messaging workshop in Kenya.] {Photo credit: MSH}Campaign partners at the messaging workshop in Kenya.Photo credit: MSH

The campaign team held a messaging workshop on January 24, 2014 to identify key messages and channels. Some of the key messages identified were: "Comprehensive, compassionate and affordable health services for all"; "Invest in health"; "Secure the future" (Swahili version: Imarisha Bima, Zingatia Afya); "Reform health insurance"; "Build public confidence and Kusema Na Kutenda ("Honor your commitment" – Strive for "Health for All"). 

The team also hosted a media orientation workshop on January 31, 2014 with the objectives of increasing awareness & understanding of the values of universal health coverage (UHC); providing media practitioners with information about the Health for All Campaign and theme ("Health systems strengthening for Universal Health Coverage"); providing the media with actual & potential impacts of inaccessibility of health services on Kenyans; exploring with the media what can be done to kick&;start in&;depth and precision reporting on UHC; and contributing towards improving the quality of factual media coverage on the work of UHC and the Health for All campaign.

[Margaret Ntwiga of Nairobi City County (standing) shares her experiences as a health practitioner with participants during the Media Orientation Workshop.] {Photo credit: MSH}Margaret Ntwiga of Nairobi City County (standing) shares her experiences as a health practitioner with participants during the Media Orientation Workshop.Photo credit: MSH

Health for All is a campaign for universal health coverage to advocate for and support initiatives by the governments of Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya toward universal health coverage schemes. The advocacy campaigns in these countries are led by MSH and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Vincent Okungu
I am a researcher in health economics and also experienced in Anthropological and Sociological research, in the sub-Sahara. My research interests are in the health systems including: health financing (equity, access to health services and financial protection, particularly for the informal sector, the poor and other vulnerable populations); policy analysis, economic evaluation and resource allocation, global health and health literacy. My strong interest in financing for the informal sector is drawn from the fact that this is the largest population group in many developing countries and for these countries to achieve universal health coverage, there have to be agreeable mechanisms for the informal sector to prepay for health care so as to benefit from healthcare-related financial risk protection. I have also strong research skills on specific disease areas including HIV/AIDS and malaria (from a health economics perspective). I have excellent expertise in quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, conducting systematic literature reviews, and peer-review of journal manuscripts. I am currently a Researcher and a PhD fellow attached to the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (Kenya) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa)
john
what about doing a supplement in the standard newspaper.

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