That’s all systems go! For the Kenya-UK collaboration on health workforce
The Principal Secretary of Health, Susan Mochache, had a series of meetings with implementing partners of the Kenya-UK Health Alliance. Over the past week, along with officials from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health, the PS had fruitful engagements in London with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, National Health Security (NHS) Professionals, Oxford NHS Trust, Kenyan Nurses in UK, The Christie Foundation, University of Manchester, Kenya – UK Health Alliance on how to effectively advance the shared vision of the two countries.
The highlight of the visit was meeting with Lord Kamal, UK Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences, during which key areas of the Health Workforce Agreement were discussed , including ethical and mutually beneficial immigration of Kenyan nurses and other health workers, research with a focus on Oncology, capacity building of Kenyan health workers and equity in access to vaccines.
Bilateral relations between Kenya and the UK have been elevated to a strategic partnership by HE the President, Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom through the signing of the United Kingdom-Kenya 2020-2025 strategic partnership in January 2020.
Following this, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs signed an agreement in January 2021, aimed at deepening health cooperation between Kenya and the Kingdom. United, particularly in the areas of universal health coverage, research and innovation, exchange and training of health personnel, promotion of bilateral trade and investment in health, as well as the advancement of global health security.
Over the past two years, the two governments have signed six health cooperation agreements that are in various stages of implementation.
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