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Kenya Uses HPP’s OneHealth Analysis to Inform Health Sector Strategic Planning
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April 30, 2015

NAIROBI—Today, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) released a report detailing the costs behind the Kenya Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan, June 2014–July 2018 (KHSSP III). The KHSSP III is the primary document guiding the development of Kenya’s health sector and the allocation of health resources through 2018.

From 2013 to 2014, HPP provided assistance to Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to determine resource needs for attaining the ambitious goals outlined by the KHSSP III. This was accomplished through application of the OneHealth Tool, modeling software designed by a United Nations interagency working group for easier analysis, costing, and budgeting of health services. Using the model, HPP staff worked alongside the MOH and other NGO and development partners to analyze the system-wide and program-specific costs of Kenya’s health sector. The resulting report, Resource Needs for the Kenya Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan: Analysis Using the OneHealth Tool, details the resources needed versus those available, as well as potential resource gaps for all aspects of the health system.

Stephen Muchiri, program director for HPP/Kenya, commented on the report’s findings, stating, “The OneHealth analysis shows that Kenya is facing a resource gap. Unless changes are made Kenya will not have the financial resources it needs to fully implement its health sector and investment strategy.”

Specifically, the resource need for Kenya’s health sector is projected to increase by 33 percent from FY 2013/14–2017/18, to a total of US$13.1 billion (KSh 1,103 billion). This growth is mostly due to anticipated increases in the cost of Kenya’s health programs and human resources for health (HRH). For instance, implementation of Kenya’s 12 health programs, including the provision of services, will be costly. This is especially true of the country’s child health and immunization program and its HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and reproductive tract infections program. Likewise, ambitious targets for increasing staffing levels at county health facilities (as outlined by the KHSSP III) will require a substantial jump in resources for HRH. Current funding levels fall short.

As a result of the OneHealth analysis, Kenya’s MOH is now able to prepare for the anticipated resource gap and mobilize additional resources for the priority investment areas outlined in its strategic plan.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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