Community health promoters receive Sh3 billion incentive


DP Rigathi Gachagua has appreciated the potential of the CHP programme assuring the country that the national government is invested in ensuring ease of access to healthcare for all

Some 107,000 community health promoters will start receiving their monthly stipends after the government started the process to pay them, furthering the primary health care agenda.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said the Sh3 billion stipend reimbursement programme will help promote service delivery.

“Today we make a key milestone in our health sector as we launch payment of Sh3 billion stipend to the 107,000 Community Health Promoters (CHPs),” he said.

The initiative, a joint effort between the National Government and its partners, marks a pivotal step towards improving healthcare accessibility and advancing Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It further underscores the critical role played by frontline health workers in transforming service delivery across the nation.

In his address, the Deputy President expressed gratitude to the CHPs for their unwavering dedication over the past four months, emphasising their pivotal role in reaching 2.7 million households since the launch of the Community Health Programme (CHP) in October of 2023. Gachagua hailed these individuals as “Health Heroes,” highlighting their instrumental contribution to extending personalised health services to over 13.5 million Kenyans, representing a 25% reach in a remarkably short timeframe.

“As the National Government, we are honouring our commitment of contributing 50% of the stipend to these great men and women. On behalf of our President, Dr William Ruto, we honour you for your vigour and valour, which is changing service delivery to the People. You are our Health Heroes,” noted the DP.

The success of the CHP Programme lies in its personalised approach to healthcare delivery. Through the distribution of CHP Kits containing essential screening tools such as Blood Pressure Machines and Glucometers, over 1.56 million Kenyans have been screened for diabetes, with 24,000 referrals made for urgent medical attention.

Similarly, over 1.1 million individuals were screened for hypertension, leading to 50,000 referrals for further care.

Additionally, 54,000 expectant mothers underwent screenings, with 24,000 referred to healthcare facilities, ensuring timely interventions and reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates.

“It is a pragmatic approach by the Ruto Administration to achieving Universal Health Coverage. For the first time, most Kenyans at the Bottom of the socio-economic pyramid can see a health service provider in their homes. We are on course to delivering on Universal Health Coverage as envisioned under the Kenya Kwanza Plan,” added the DP.

The holistic impact of the CHP Programme extends beyond healthcare provision. By investing in community and facility-based primary healthcare, the government aims to address the root causes of health-induced poverty while promoting economic prosperity.

“We know that Primary Health Care is a People-centred approach for promotive, preventative, curative and rehabilitative services. With early detention of diseases and other health conditions, Afya Nyumbani is putting our Nation on the path to reducing the cycle of health-induced poverty,” added the second in command.

The DP emphasised the importance of ensuring universal access to quality healthcare to prevent families from falling into poverty due to exorbitant medical expenses noting, “We want to stop Kenyans from sinking into poverty because quality healthcare is unaffordable to low-income households in a country where only about one in four people have a health insurance cover. It is also estimated that our people are spending over Sh150 billion in out-of-pocket treatment.”

However, the realisation of UHC requires collaborative efforts from both the National and County Governments. The DP called upon counties to fulfil their obligations in sustaining the CHP Programme, reiterating that quality healthcare is not merely a privilege but a constitutional right that must be upheld through joint endeavours.

As the nation continues its journey towards a healthier and more prosperous future, cooperation between government entities, stakeholders, and communities will be paramount in realising the shared vision of accessible, affordable, and high-quality healthcare services for all.

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