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Health: USAID, Kenya bolster health sector NGOs

The Kenya Ministry of Health and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched new standards for strengthening civil society organizations working in the health sector, especially non-governmental organizations working in advocacy and service delivery in the health industry.

USAID’s Deputy Team Leader for HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Tara Simpson, joined Dr. John Masasabi, the Director of Policy, Planning and Healthcare Financing from the Ministry of Health, to launch the new framework.

on behalf of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Professor Fred Segor.

PANA reports that Kenyan civil society organizations are an integral part of a fully functioning health system and are critical to achieving sustainable results.

This is because the Kenyan government, civil society and development partners recognize that for organizations to deliver their mandates effectively and sustainably, capacity strengthening initiatives must address organization-wide systems for leadership, management and governance.

USAID supports capacity development for Kenyan health organizations through the FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project in order to channel more development assistance through Kenyan organizations in the future.

FANIKISHA led the development of the Institutional Strengthening Standards for Kenyan Civil Society Organizations framework through a technical working group comprised of 41

The 41 are representatives of the Government of Kenya, donors, academic institutions, local and international industry technical experts, and various professional bodies.

“USAID is committed to building the capacity of Kenyan organizations so that they can receive support directly from USAID,' said Simpson.

'Since 2010, we have been building the capacity of countries, including Kenya, to lead their own development – doubling the amount of mission funding we invest in local governments, businesses and NGOs over the past two years,” Simpson added.

Pana 21/02/2014