Signing of a financial protocol between France and Kenya in the health sector August 27, 2020 [fr]
The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mr Ukur Yatani, and the Ambassador of France to Kenya, Mrs Aline Kuster-Ménager, signed a financial protocol agreement providing for the granting of a Treasury loan to Kenya for a total amount of €33 million, intended to support a project in the hospital health sector with two components: maternal and child health and the response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Through this financial support, France wishes to show its active solidarity with the Kenyan government and people, Kenya being one of France’s most important partners in Africa.
The first component of the agreement, amounting to 16.2 M€, aims to strengthen the capacities of the Moi University Hospital of Reference (MTRH) in Eldoret in the field of maternal and child health, in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates. The project aims to provide cutting-edge equipment in maternal, neonatal, premature and pediatric care, and to train health care personnel on site. Equipment and training will involve two hospitals within the MTRH, Shoe4Africa and Riley, as well as six district hospitals in the region. The training of the nursing staff of the two units (nurses, doctors and surgeons) will be provided by the staff of the French Robert Debré Pediatric Hospital in Paris.
The second component, worth €16.7 million, will focus on the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. The project will equip twenty public hospitals in nineteen counties across the country to provide appropriate treatment for critical cases of Covid-19. France will supply resuscitation equipment, respirators and ventilators as well as medical oxygen generators. The first deliveries of equipment will take place before the end of the year, and will then be spread over two years.
For the past four years, the Nairobi Regional Economic Service has been supporting the entire project initiated following President Kenyatta’s visit to Paris in April 2016, during which the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, visited the Robert Debré Hospital.