The County Government of Uasin Gishu through the Department of Health Services has taken significant strides towards improving healthcare services in line with Dr. Jonathan Bii Chelilim’s Nguzo Kumi blueprint.

Through fostering partnerships with institutions and development partners towards improving provision and access to health care services, the County commenced the development of the first-generation County Nutrition Action Plan from 12th -16th February 2024, with financial and technical support from Helen Keller International.

This is a multi-sectoral nutrition action plan which guides the implementation of a nutrition-specific, nutrition-sensitive and enabling environment for nutrition interventions as directed by the conceptual framework of malnutrition and the primary health care model.

The workshop was graced by the County Executive for Health Services, Dr. Abraham Serem, represented by the Chief Officer for Health Preventive & Promotive Services, Dr. Paul Wangwe, County Director of Health, Dr. Evans Kiprotich and Mr. Wyclife Abade, the Program Officer at Helen Keller International.

Dr. Wangwe appreciated Helen Keller International for supporting the development of CNAP and stated that it will accelerate and scale up efforts toward the elimination of malnutrition in the county.

It has drawn multisectoral collaboration from various county departments which include the Department of Agriculture, Economic Planning, Gender and Social Services, Education, Water and Health Services.

Other stakeholders in attendance included Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, USAID AMPATH Uzima Program, the University of Eldoret, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute and Eldoret National Polytechnic.

The CNAP development has been spearheaded with the technical guidance of Clementina Ngina-Nutrition consultant and a public health and nutrition specialist.