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EU unveils Sh8.4bn package for healthcare, cash transfer

 Simon Mordue
EU Ambassador Simon Mordue. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NMG 

The European Union (EU) has announced a Sh8.44 billion financial package for Kenya’s universal healthcare coverage (UHC) and cash transfer to vulnerable groups.

The contribution is from the EU (Sh1.2 billion), France (Sh2.4 billion), the Netherlands (1.7 billion), Denmark (1.7 billion), Sweden (Sh1.3 billion), Germany (Sh238.15 million), and Slovakia (Sh13.93 million).

EU Ambassador Simon Mordue said the funds will boost access to health services as wells as cash transfer to selected households in Nairobi's slums.

“The EU is providing a lifeline for the worst affected people in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements through cash transfers worth Sh595.4 million to selected vulnerable households, with an important focus on women, the elderly and persons with disabilities,” the EU statement read.

The EU-funded programmes will be implemented by the Oxfam International. Sweden said its donation will be managed by the United Nations agencies.

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Unicef and World Food Programme (WFP) are, for instance, overseeing the Sh119.1 million social protection programme for vulnerable and marginalised groups, especially children. The programme currently reaches 1.2 million households in Kenya.

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