Kenya signs Health cooperation with Japan

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Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, H.E.Ambassador Ryoichi Horie, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on behalf of the Republic of Kenya & The Office of Healthcare Policy, the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare of Japan.

The signing of this Memorandum of Cooperation coincides with the 2" session of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum (JAEF), whose objective is to discuss opportunities for Kenya-Japan business development with a focus on Kenya.

According to CS Kagwe, the implementation of MOC will open other areas of cooperation, including refocusing on Primary Health Care which is the platform for achieving UHC, Strengthening cooperation for prevention, early detection & management of communicable & non-communicable diseases.

It will also improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health services to reduce mortality and morbidity.

Kenya and Japan have a long-standing relationship that has spanned over a couple of decades.

The climax of this relationship was notably the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to be held outside Japan in 2016, where Kenya was the host.

He noted that Japan's support for Kenya has remained steadfast even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The Ministry of Health through KEMRI received donations of testing kits from JICA, which helped us to monitor the magnitude of the pandemic and informed timely

decisions by the ministry.

We have now shifted our focus to vaccination against COVID- 19 amid reports of the new variant, Omicron. Noting the issue of vaccine inequality between first and third-world countries, we thank all partners that have been donating vaccines to Kenya,” said the CS.

Kagwe further called on external partners to join Kenya in the vaccination campaign.

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