Every human being deserves good healthcare regardless of age and social class which have been some of the challenges in developing countries hindering equal access to healthcare services. Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Tatsushi Terada said that in this context, his country’s support towards the achievement of Universal Healthcare services will continue in the developing countries.

“Japan’s support towards the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage will also focus on the delivery of satisfactory healthcare services to all people despite financial constraints and other related reasons”, Mr. Terada said.
The Ambassador was speaking at the National Treasury Nairobi after signing a Health Sector Policy loan worth Ksh3.28 billion for attainment of Kenya’s Universal Healthcare Coverage with National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich.
He described the Health Sector Policy loan for attainment of Universal Healthcare Coverage in Kenya as historic, saying Kenya is the first country in the World where the Japanese government provides Health sector policy loan.
To attain the Universal Healthcare Coverage, Mr. Terada said the Japanese government will support free maternity services, health sector service fund result-based financing, health insurance subsidy programme, and capacity development in Kenya’s urban and rural areas.
He said areas to be covered by the health support programme during the project implementation period has been determined in line with Kenya’s national health sector strategic plans as stipulated in Vision 2030 so that the desired health objectives could be achieved by 2030.
While drawing examples from Japan, Mr. Terada said his country took 40 years to achieve Universal Healthcare in 1961 after enacting employees Health Insurance Law in 1922.
“Since then, despite the difficult path taken, all Japanese have had equal access to healthcare services depending on their medical needs without financial barriers. World Health Organization has ranked Japan’s healthcare systems one of the best in the World”, he said.
Mr. Terada said Yokohama Action Plan adopted in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) V will strengthen and facilitate the promotion of development cooperation policies of health systems in a bid to accelerate the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage in Africa.
The Ambassador said Japan will host an International conference on Universal Health Coverage in the New Development in December, 2015 which is geared towards building resilient health systems which will accord health sector stakeholders the great opportunity to explore the roles of Universal Health Coverage in the transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will most likely challenge the world by setting higher goals regarding access to health services.
He said Japan will continue to promote Universal Healthcare Coverage globally and explore the kind of assistance Japan can offer to each unique situation in the health sector.
Present during the health sector loan signing ceremony were Health Cabinet Secretary Mr. James Macharia, National Treasury Principal Secretary Dr. Kamau Thugge and Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) chief representative Mr. Hideo Eguchi among other top government officials.