Over 200 stakeholders attended the 2019 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Annual Implementing Partners Symposium that Afya Uzazi hosted at Sarova Woodlands, Nakuru, 25th- 29th March 2019.
The forum brought together organizations and agencies implementing USAID-supported programs in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child, adolescent health (RMNCAH), family planning , water, sanitation and hygiene, and nutrition.
This year’s symposium theme, “Every Child Counts”, reflects the core mandate of Afya Uzazi.
Participants included representatives from USAID, United Nations Agencies, Ministry of Health, county governments, implementing partners, community and non-state actors with programs in family health.
The symposium provided a platform for delegates to reflect and learn from experiences and lessons in child survival programming at the national and counties.
In an opening speech, Dr. Sheila Macharia, Senior Health Advisor, USAID/Kenya, underlined the learning agenda of the symposium. She challenged participants to think broadly on how to apply best practices to improve child health.
This set the tone for the symposium during which the critical role of counties in delivery of quality health services was emphasized in presentations, panel discussions and group reflection sessions.
Host Governor Governor Lee kinyanjui , in a speech ready by Deputy Governor, Dr Erick Korir, called for more collaborationand research by artners to optimize synergies and contribute to Kenya’s attainment of the global targets and indicators for child health.
A key conclusion of the symposium was that devolution as an unprecedented opportunity for Kenya to sustainably improve child health. However, there was need to increase financing for health and collaboration among stakeholders.