Health Sector to Focus on Development of New Sector Strategic Plan
Posted in General, Policy by Patricia Odero on January 22nd, 2012
The National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP II), Kenya’s comprehensive out-put and performance oriented strategy of the health sector, comes to an end in June 2012. A review of the strategic plan will be undertaken from February to March 2012, paving way for the development of the next plan: Kenya Health Sector Strategic Plan-KHSSP (2012-2017). This was among the key agenda items at the Development Partners in Health Kenya (DPHK) meeting held on 19th February 2011. The review of the NHSSP II will assess progress made in the period (2005-2012), identify facilitating and constraining factors as well as lessons learnt in implementation of NHSSSP II.
Development partners together with implementing partners have been invited to participate in six working groups that will develop the sector’s Strategic Plan. This development will be in stages starting with development of sector service targets, definition of investments required and mapping of existing investments. There will be working groups that will cost the investment needs and define strategies to cover any funding gaps as well as a group on monitoring and evaluation. The working group on service delivery begins meeting next week, as its output determines the work of the other groups.
This strategic plan covers five years and follows the policy objectives and orientation outlined in the new National Health Policy Framework (2011-2030).
The first draft of the KHSSP is expected March 2012. German Development Cooperation through GIZ Health Sector Programme and KfW (German Development Bank) will participate in this process.
In addition to this, participants at the meeting discussed the development of the Health Policy Framework, the Position Paper on Devolution and the General Health Law. This has been precipitated by the fact that the Constitution provides for the right to the highest attainable standard of health in the Bill of Rights. In addition to this, there are numerous other provisions contained in the constitution that relate to health.
The General Health Law is therefore a Bill to consolidate, amend and extend the law on the maintenance and advancement of health and the provision of health services of the highest attainable standard, to the entire population of Kenya. Currently, it is in zero draft and feedback from stakeholders within the sector is being incorporated.
The Ministries of Health are providing leadership in this key process and development partners are expected to meet with the team from the Ministries undertaking this process to gain a deeper understanding of the key issues to be contained in the draft.
A presentation was made, by a Ministry official, at the meeting to provide development partners with updates and required information on the development of the Health Policy Framework and the Position Paper on Devolution.
In November 2011, a meeting of the board of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) made a decision to convert the Round 11 proposals into a new funding opportunity consistent with the new Global Fund 2012 – 2016 strategy, with a view towards funding proposals under the new model beginning early 2014. This position was taken in light of the funding constraints the GFATM was going through. The implications of this were that Round 11 proposals were cancelled, with Transitional Funding Mechanisms to be established to protect areas of support most at risk during this transition period.
In light of the above, the Kenya Health Sector Coordinating Committee felt it prudent to carry out a risk analysis of the HIV, TB and Malaria programs, to anticipate, and begin to manage any emerging risks associated with the above changes in the GFATM support. The meeting was updated on the terms of reference for this risk and impact analysis.
Linked to this, members discussed the need to continue supporting the government in the area of health financing with a view to integrated, sustainable funding for the health sector. GIZ Health Sector Programme continues to support the government gain evidence on appropriate modalities of financing health care, especially for the poor. This is being undertaken through the Health for All Kenyans Initiative (HAKI), which is testing two modalities of financing healthcare for the poorest of the poor.