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Universal health coverage: Launch of pilot programmes in Kenya

On 13 December 2018, the Kenyan Government launched the national Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme through pilots in four counties including Kisumu County, the venue of the event. The others are the counties of Machakos, Nyeri and Isiolo, all of which were selected because collectively they have a high prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, high population density, high maternal mortality, and high incidence of road traffic injuries. The pilots are the first phase of the two-phase UHC model intended to be a reality for households in all 47 counties in the next four years. Through an interview of Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary for Health in Kenya, the video explains key principles of this UHC strategy which has been developed in 2018 with the support of the World Health Organization, as mentioned by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.