Thailand to collaborate with Kenya on UHC.รอบโลก | 2 กุมภาพันธ์ 2562
BANGKOK, 1 Feb 2019—Thailand and Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).
The MoU was signed by Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadhorn and Kenya Public Health Minister Sicily Kariuki at the sideline of Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2019, held at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre on Friday.
The collaboration focuses on helping Kenya achieving UHC in three areas---insurance and financing, prioritizing benefit package and technology assessment, and human resource development.
“The Republic of Kenya is one of the long-standing partners of Thailand,” said Dr Piyasakol. “The singing MoU will remark a significant milestone for health collaboration between the two countries.”
In 2002, Thailand introduced the which today provides health access to over 49 million Thai disregarding of their financial status. The scheme has reduced catastrophic health expenditure from 4.06 to 2.09 percent in 2002 and 2017 respectively.
Onward collaboration between the two nations will provide a concrete framework to address health challenges in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, said Dr Piyasakol. The SDGs set up a target to achieve the UHC by 2030, with an ambition to bring on health equity to a global level.
Last year, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta made a big move by launching the UHC pilot program in four counties—Isiolo, Kisumu, Nyeri and Machakos—covering over 3.2 million Kenyans or 6.5 percent of the country's total population. The success of this pilot program will steer up Kenya to roll out the UHC program in the rest of the country.
During the MoU signing ceremony, Dr Kariuki said Kenya was looking at an example of Thailand's success in the UHC. She hopes the collaboration will extend to capacity buiding and resources sharing with Thai public health sector and the National Health Security Office, an independent organization running the UHC in Thailand.