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'US will help Kenya realise Vision 2030'

04 June 2013, 15:50 James Kabotia

The US Government has invested more than $1.3 billion (KES110.5billion) in programs geared towards enhancing healthcare among women, girls, children and families in all the 47 counties in Kenya.

The programs have helped prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, ensure safe delivery of babies in clinics and hospitals, promote family planning, improve children’s health through immunization services and prevention of diarrhea.

Speaking with members of Kalalu community in Laikipia East Sub County during a meeting at the Kalalu Dispensary on Monday, the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said, “A stronger, healthier, more productive Kenya is stronger, healthier, more productive trading partner of the United States, and a stronger, healthier, more productive ally for peace and security.”

Godec confirmed that the United States Government spent KES 80 billion last year which was channeled through to its variety of programs in a bid to fight poverty, hunger and prevention of diseases in Kenya.

“Last year, we helped feed two million people in Kenya through our programs,” said Godec.

Kalalu community holds these meetings quarterly to discuss ways that households and the community could help prevent common illnesses and save the expense of acute care in hospitals.

The US Government helped the citizens of Kalalu to form a Community Health Unit two years ago as part of the US support to the Kenyan Government.

According to Godec, since the formation of Community Health Unit, the percentage of Kalalu’s 1 129 households treating the water they drink rose from 34% to 84%.

He said that the percentage of children being immunized rose from 86% to 100% and the percentage of pregnant women attending the antenatal care clinic rose from 59% to 78%.

“One hundred percent of mothers in the Kalalu Community Health Unit now have skilled birth attendants assisting them during delivery,” he said.

This unit is one of the 13 such community units that the United States Agency for International Development has helped launch in Laikipia County.

The Ambassador said that the US Government will help Kenya realise vision 2030.

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