NAIROBI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is currently developing a plan that will help the country to reduce its dependency on foreign donors in the health sector, a government official said Thursday.
Mercy Mwangangi, chief administrative secretary with the Ministry of Health, told journalists in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, that currently international donors account for approximately 30 percent of health expenditures in the country.
"We are currently finalizing the development of the donor transition plan that will ensure that the health sector is funded by public funds," Mwangangi said during a health conference organized by the health non-government organizations network (HENNET) in Kenya.
The donor transition plan will outline the steps and processes that the government will have to follow in order to ensure that health programs are locally funded, said the official. "One key pillar of the plan is to reduce duplication of health programs in order to improve efficiency of spending."
The Ministry of Health said that it will also ensure that the country achieves universal health coverage in order to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure that is incurred by citizens seeking health care.