PS Mary Muthoni, Permanent Secretary at the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards, has once again emphasized Kenya’s steadfast dedication to realizing a shared vision for public health throughout Africa. This resolute commitment aligns with the ambitious goals set forth by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and was underscored during the 2nd Africa Regional Technical Advisory Committee Meeting (ReTAC), a crucial assembly convened by Africa CDC.

PS Muthoni underscored the critical need for countries to harmonize their national health strategies with Africa’s visionary New Public Health Order. This comprehensive blueprint is centered on strengthening the very foundations of public health institutions, nurturing a proficient public health workforce, expanding local manufacturing capabilities, mobilizing internal resources, and fostering dynamic, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Kenya’s commitment, led by Ministry of Health’s resolute vision, comes with a specific focus on vaccine production, diagnostic capacity enhancement, and the empowerment of the nation’s public health workforce. These strategic pillars, driven by the lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, have emerged as non-negotiable priorities.

PS Muthoni’s message epitomizes Kenya’s commitment to collaborative synergy, encapsulating the essence of the One-Health approach. This holistic paradigm recognizes the intricate interplay between human, animal, and environmental health. Kenya’s intent, through this approach, is not only to fortify its own public health landscape but also to make meaningful contributions to the advancement and resilience of the entire African continent.

The benefits of this initiative for Kenyan citizens are profound and multifaceted. By aligning with Africa’s New Public Health Order, Kenya is poised to gain improved access to top-tier healthcare services, reinforced disease surveillance, rapid response capabilities, and a more adept public health workforce. Prioritizing vaccine production and diagnostic augmentation will bolster Kenya’s capacity to effectively combat infectious diseases, securing the health and well-being of its people.

Kenya’s unwavering commitment to the One-Health approach promises to yield a more comprehensive understanding of public health challenges, transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. This holistic approach is set to enhance the management of zoonotic diseases, safeguarding both human and animal populations. Furthermore, it will strengthen environmental health initiatives, making substantial contributions to the preservation of Kenya’s ecologically rich landscapes.

PS Mary Muthoni’s leadership reaffirms Kenya’s determination to embrace Africa’s New Public Health Order—a commitment that holds the promise of a healthier, more resilient, and collectively prosperous Africa. Through collaborative synergy, strategic prioritization, and forward-thinking initiatives, Kenya is poised to unlock healthier future for its citizens while championing progress across the entire continent.