Danish embassy in partnership talks with West Pokot in healthcare, education and peace

Denmark will help West Pokot county in enhancing primary healthcare, education, peace border schools, public service management and business development.

This emerged on Tuesday after Governor John Lonyangapuo held talks with Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen in Nairobi.

“I am grateful to The Royal Danish Embassy for supporting projects in Primary health care in West Pokot. Ambassador Knudsen will make a maiden visit to West Pokot in mid-July. My administration will continue to establish development partnerships for the prosperity of my county,” Governor Lonyangapuo said after the meeting.

The partnerships will be done through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), which provides aid and finances pro-development activities in developing countries.

The embassy’s website indicates Danida has supported the health sector in Kenya for over 35 years, through different interventions.

“The current Danida Support 2017-20 focuses on supporting Universal Healthcare in Kenya with great emphasis on supporting the devolution process within the health sector and aims at a sustainable path for the sector’s economy,” the website notes.

“In addition, the programme has a huge focus on addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights mainly maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, as well as addressing gender-based violence”.

Among the key agenda of the Denmark-Kenya Partnership Policy 2015-20 are poverty reduction and stability and security in Kenya.

West Pokot is among the North Rift counties that are experiencing continued deterioration of insecurity.

The partnership policy notes Denmark is also keen on, “Strengthening devolved governance at the central and decentralised level will enhance the institutional capacity for counties to deliver on the devolved functions and hence provision of strengthened health services. It is important that devolution results in real change for Kenyans through equal opportunities and access to resources”.

Its area of intervention is to support national and county organs “as duty bearers in meeting their obligations towards its citizens”.

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