jicaJapan has loaned Kenya Sh3.28 billion to support her health sector efforts towards the achievement of the Universal Healthcare Coverage in the country.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative to Kenya Mr. Hideo Eguchi, said the concept of human security which is embedded in Kenya’s health sector policy priorities contributed significantly to the country’s ability to win the loan facility which is also in tandem with the guiding principle of Japan’s development cooperation.

“Human security is a concept that pursues the right of individuals to live happily and in dignity, free from fear and want, through their protection and empowerment”, Mr. Eguchi said.
The JICA representative was speaking at National Treasury Nairobi during the signing of loan agreement for health sector policy to enhance attainment of the Universal Healthcare Coverage in the country.
“The concept of Universal Health Coverage is a foundation to build when a country strives for human security, as it is an instrument to realize sustainable and equitable economic growth and social stability”, he added.
The loan agreement signed by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich and Ambassador of Japan to Kenya Mr. Tatsushi Terada and witnessed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mr. James Macharia was the 39th Yen loan extended to Kenya by Japan since 1963.
Mr. Eguchi also said that the loan is designed to support the Health Ministry’s on-going efforts in strategic planning, policy-making and implementation towards Kenya’s Universal Healthcare Coverage.
With our new technical cooperation project, he said, JICA intends to strengthen the management capacity of National and county health personnel in Kenya.
Mr. Eguchi expressed optimism that the Global Funding Facility (GFF), another global financial platform for health, would help Kenya to improve maternal, new-born child and adolescent health, and thus in extension, promote the country’s Universal Healthcare Coverage.
The health loan signing ceremony was attended by among others, National Treasury Principal Secretary Dr. Kamau Thugge and high ranking government officials.