Kenya just recently conducted its general elections and with it came a change in leadership across the board. Busia County faced a change of guard since the first governor had served for two terms. Living Goods Kenya met the new county administration to re-introduce Living Goods. The leadership together with the County Health Management Team (CHMT) were also appraised of the milestones achieved to date towards community health systems strengthening.
Living Goods will continue to maintain partnership with the county through a strong learning site to serve as an exemplar/site of excellence through its supported network of CHWs in Busia. Our desire is to see full adoption of a digitally enabled community health workforce which is well trained and equipped with medicines & supplies, adequately supervised and compensated for effective service delivery.
H.E. Governor Paul Otuoma, the Governor Busia County is keen on improving health services as part of his legacy projects. He appreciates the good work done by Living Goods over the years in supporting the county to deliver on their constitutional responsibility.
His approach is to ensure that the Community Health Services Act is operationalized and looks forward to partnering with organizations like LG to improve health services in the County.
We hope that the county can urgently invest in a digitally enabled community health workforce as a core of primary health care especially given the increasing needs. For instance, the double disease burden, early pandemic detection, and response to Covid –19 and now Ebola, among others. To effectively support this, Living Goods will work with the county to prioritize effective operationalization of the CHS Act that had already been adopted more so on the critical elements like commodities, stipends budgetary allocation and release of funds for execution.