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Severe budget cuts in Kenya will plunge country into health crisis, officials warn

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1154 (Published 23 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1154
  1. Gilbert Nakweya
  1. Nairobi

Plans to slash Kenya’s health budget by two thirds in the next financial year will plunge the country into a health crisis and thwart its universal healthcare (UHC) goals, health officials have warned.

The warning came as paediatricians in Kenya reported that cuts made in the current financial year, which ends next month, have put children at risk. Major vaccine firms have stopped supplying the country because of outstanding bills caused by budget cuts.

Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Health on 21 May, officials from the Ministry of Health said the move by the government to cut the health budget further in 2024-25 will hamper the country’s UHC goals and weaken many other health services.

The ministry requested 319.4bn Kenyan shillings (£1.89bn; …

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