The County Government has today signed two agreements with Amref Kenya to further collaboration under the USAID-funded health project, Afya Timiza.
Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei presided over the signing of a Letter of Agreement on Afya Timiza Supported Contract Health Workers; and a Letter of Commitment on the project’s Technical Assistance Package; which was witnessed by the Amref Health in Kenya Board of Directors led by its Chairperson Dr. Eunice Mathu.
The Letter of Agreement (LOA) seeks to address human resource gaps in the county health sector through the Donor Supported Contract Health Workers Program through which 59 health workers will be contracted by Amref, through Afya Timiza, and be distributed in the three sub-counties where the project is implemented- Turkana South, Loima and Kibish.
The Letter of Commitment signed between the County Health Department and Afya Timiza “outlines specific nature of collaboration between the parties” including specific commitments to be achieved by either party in areas of health facilities and community units, maternal and newborn health, family planning, child health, adolescent and youth health, community health services, Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health system strengthening.
DCS Loyelei appreciated the partnership and said the County Government supported such programmes that contributed to development objectives contained in the second County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP). He admitted that the County still faced shortage in health human resource despite the considerable investment in the sector, and said the joint Donor Supported Contract Health Workers Programme will support the County Government to solve this health workers’ shortage.
He added that strengthening of capacity building was key to ensure sustainability of health services and commended Amref and Afya Timiza for working with communities in remote areas. He applauded Amref for its long history of working in Turkana and changing lives of residents for a period spanning four decades.
Dr. Mathu said the agreements signed would strengthen partnership with the County Government, as Amref looked to further collaboration in specific areas including development of the Universal Healthcare (UHC) programme, amendment of the Health Bill to introduce a proposed Facility Improvement Fund through collaboration with the County Assembly and strengthen health systems in the county.
She said the organisation was carrying out an audit of the Lomidat Abattoir to facilitate a handing over of the facility to the County Government.
County Health and Sanitation Executive Jane Ajele thanked Afya Timiza for its support of the department to develop the roadmap for universal healthcare and assured of continued joint planning and supervision of health programmes.
Chief Officer Robert Abok, Amref Country Director Meshack Ndirangu, Afya Timiza Chief of Party Gilbert Wangalo and County Team lead Mark Lominito participated in the signing of the agreements.