Jubilee Insurance’s Afya Mashinani Initiative: Bringing Healthcare to the People

Have you heard about the incredible Afya Mashinani Initiative by Jubilee Health Insurance? It’s making waves in the healthcare sector, reaching over 5,000 people and making a real difference in their lives.

This fantastic initiative is all about extending accessible healthcare services to underserved populations. It’s like a superhero swooping in to save the day! Jubilee Health Insurance is delivering essential medical services, education, and other healthcare support right to the people who need it the most.

During the week-long activation, a free medical camp was held in partnership with The Aga Khan University Hospital, and let me tell you, it was a huge success. Over 3,000 participants flocked to the camp, seeking medical consultations, screenings, and health assessments. It was like a buzzing hive of healthcare activities!

The overwhelming response in Naivasha and Nakuru was a clear indication of the pressing need for accessible and affordable healthcare in the region. Jubilee Health Insurance understands the importance of meeting these needs and stepping up to the challenge.

But here’s the best part: Over 1,700 individuals received free medication to address their immediate healthcare needs. That’s right, folks, no need to worry about expensive medications. And to top it off, about 1,300 individuals received vital Covid-19 vaccinations. Talk about a double dose of good news! Jubilee Health Insurance is contributing to the ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic and protect the community.

Njeri Jomo, the CEO of Jubilee Health Insurance, expressed her delight at the results and impact achieved through the Afya Mashinani Drive. She praised the collaboration between Jubilee Health Insurance, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, and other stakeholders. Not to mention the dedication of healthcare professionals, volunteers, and community leaders who played a crucial role in the initiative’s success. It truly takes a village!

This transformative healthcare campaign aligns perfectly with the government’s agenda of ensuring equitable healthcare services reach even the most remote regions. It’s all about bridging the healthcare disparities and empowering communities through education and outreach. Jubilee Health Insurance is making a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families throughout Kenya.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. Kenya has been facing some challenges when it comes to achieving global healthcare goals. Shockingly, close to a quarter of the country’s population lacks access to essential services. That’s a big concern! The doctor-patient ratio in Kenya is about 1:10,000, way below the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 1:1,000. But fear not, my friends, initiatives like Afya Mashinani are striving to change this and bring healthcare within reach for all.

It’s worth noting that healthcare facilities in Kenya are owned by various entities. The government owns 41% of them, non-governmental organizations own 15%, and the remaining 43% are owned by private businesses. It’s a complex landscape, but efforts are being made to ensure everyone gets the healthcare they deserve.

Kenya Embraces Clean Cooking: Say Goodbye to Smoke-filled Kitchens!

The government is taking a big step towards a cleaner and healthier future with the launch of the ‘Accelerating Cleaning Action’ project. We’re talking about clean energy that will revolutionize cooking in our homes and bid farewell to those smoke-filled kitchens!

Alex Wachira, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, highlighted the importance of this project. Currently, only 30% of households in Kenya are using clean cooking solutions, while a whopping 59% still rely on traditional fireplaces. That’s a lot of smoke, my friends!

But fear not, because the project aims to change that. It will champion the distribution of improved cookstoves to vulnerable communities, making a significant contribution to our Nationally Determined Contribution target of providing 4.55 million improved biomass stoves. Talk about progress!

Why is this switch so crucial? Well, the traditional method of cooking with firewood and charcoal in poorly ventilated spaces has caused numerous health issues. We’re talking about respiratory diseases, heart problems, and sadly, even deaths. Not to mention the impact on climate change due to the emission of greenhouse gases and black carbon.

According to the Ministry of Health, indoor air pollution is responsible for close to 23,000 deaths every year. That’s a staggering number! Women and children, who spend extended periods gathering fuel and cooking meals, are most affected by this silent killer.

But hey, there’s hope on the horizon! The World Health Organization recognizes indoor air pollution as the world’s largest environmental health risk. By embracing clean cooking, we can make a real difference. And guess what? It’s not just about our health—it’s about the planet too!

During the launch of the Accelerating Clean Cooking Action Project, we had some esteemed guests in attendance. The Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, Ken Okaniwa, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative, Mr. Antony Ngororano, were there to show their support. It’s fantastic to see international cooperation for such a worthy cause!

Our government has set an ambitious target of achieving universal access to modern cooking energy services by 2028. That’s right around the corner! To make it happen, we have plans in place, including the Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda 2016, the National Climate Change Action Plan, and the Cooking Energy Compact 2021, among others. It’s a comprehensive strategy to drive change.

But that’s not all—there’s a national clean cooking strategy in the works too! With the support of the Energy Transition Council, we’re developing a roadmap to increase access to climate-friendly and efficient biomass stoves. We’re talking about cleaner and more environmentally friendly options like biogas, bioethanol, LPG, electric cooking using solar PV, mini-grids, and grid electricity. The future is bright, my friends!

The government’s commitment to this cause is evident through the creation of a dedicated delivery unit within the state department for Energy, supported by the clean cooking alliance. It’s all about coordinated efforts to make clean cooking accessible to all Kenyans.

We want to give a big shoutout to the Japanese government for their support and cooperation. Together, we can make a real impact and protect our natural forests. Ambassador Okaniwa reminds us that action starts with individuals, and by embracing this project, we can improve our lives and combat climate change.

So, let’s bid farewell to smoke-filled kitchens and embrace clean cooking! It’s time to protect our health, our environment, and our future. By working together, we can create a cleaner and brighter Kenya for generations to come.

Big Cash Boost for Kajiado Residents as Inua Jamii Transfers Reach 10,534

Great news from Kajiado County! Over 10,000 residents have hit the jackpot with some much-needed cash coming their way through the Inua Jamii cash transfer program. It’s like winning the lottery, but better!

Jimmy Njau, the Social Development Officer in Kajiado County, spilled the beans and shared that a whopping Ksh 84,272,000 has been allocated to the county. Out of this amount, Ksh 55,920,000 is going to the wazee (our wise elderly folks), Ksh 25,352,000 to orphans and vulnerable children, and Ksh 3,000,000 to people with severe disabilities. It’s a real game-changer for those who need it most.

Each beneficiary will be receiving Ksh 8,000. It may not be a suitcase full of cash, but it’s definitely a welcome financial boost. And guess what? The number of beneficiaries is expected to increase next year. That means more people will be getting a piece of the pie. Sweet!

Mr. Njau couldn’t hide his excitement, saying, “We’re extremely grateful that our elderly citizens can easily access their funds. They’ve been able to buy medicine and put food on the table. We can’t wait for the next round of disbursements!”

To make things even smoother, the money is being distributed through six trusted banks. We’ve got Cooperative, Equity, KCB, Kenya Post Office, National, and Kenya Women Microfinance Banks on board. They’re the heroes behind the scenes, ensuring that the funds reach the right hands.

Let’s hear it from the beneficiaries themselves! Juliet Juma, one of the lucky recipients, shared her joy about being able to keep her child, who has unique abilities, in school. With the funds, she managed to pay for her child’s school fees. Education is key, and every child deserves a chance to learn and thrive!

Alfred Nyamweya, a widower taking care of his two vulnerable children, expressed his gratitude for the cash transfer. He said, “I’ve got two precious kids, and I’ve been able to cover their school fees. One of them just started high school, and I’ve already taken care of this term’s fees. Next term, we’ll be ready!”

Margret Aoko, an elderly woman with two grandchildren, couldn’t stop singing praises for the funds. They’ve been a game-changer for her small-scale business. With the cash, she’s been able to feed her grandchildren, pay for their school fees, and even stock up her stall. Talk about a superwoman!

The Inua Jamii cash transfer program is a true lifeline for the most vulnerable members of our society. It supports orphans, people with disabilities, and those aged 70 and above who don’t have a source of income. It’s a powerful way for the government to show that they care and want to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

So, a big shoutout to the government and everyone involved in the Inua Jamii program! You’re making a real difference in Kajiado County and beyond. Keep those cash transfers flowing, and let’s continue to uplift and empower our fellow Kenyans. Together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive society for all!

Government Launches Digital Labs Nationwide to Empower Digital Literacy

In a remarkable endeavor. The Ministry of Information, Communications, and The Digital Economy has commenced a mission to establish cutting edge labs throughout our great nation. You may inquire why such an undertaking? Well it is driven by their desire to take digital literacy to unprecedented heights! Eliud Owalo, the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and The Digital Economy revealed that this initiative aims to cultivate digital skills among our vibrant youth and the broader public. It serves as a vital component of the governments’ sweeping plan to ensure universal internet access through their ambitious digital superhighway project.

Can you feel the excitement building? Brace yourselves for an awe inspiring revelation. The ministry plans to install a staggering 23,000 devices in schools, universities, TVET institutions VTCs and even village ICT hubs.

These state of the art laboratories will be epicenters of learning – empowering individuals from all walks of life. Owalo emphasized the pivotal role played by digital literacy in achieving the governments visionary bottom up economic transformation agenda. He firmly believes that by equipping our dynamic youth and grassroots communities with essential digital skills they will be able to thrive within an ever evolving operating landscape. So let us unite in keeping pace with these changing times!

During his presence at Maseno School in Kisumu County for the unveiling of a digital laboratory Eliud Owalo underscored how this milestone impeccably aligns with our governments’ drive towards digitized services. Already over 6,000 services have been digitized! And guess what? There are even more services on track to be added onto the E Citizen platform before year end! Can you sense the exhilaration surrounding this prevailing wave of digitization?

But thats not all there is! The Cabinet Secretary had an empowering message for our industrious grassroots level traders. He encouraged them to seize the opportunities afforded by these digital laboratories and training initiatives. And heres’ something else incredible – free public Wi Fi hotspots are being established across numerous markets and bus parks countrywide! The time has come for us all. My friends. To enthusiastically dive into the realm of e commerce!

And hold onto your hats because our government has some truly grand plans on the horizon. The government is currently in the process of implementing a national addressing system as well as introducing digital identification cards with the primary goal of making e commerce a seamless reality for all Kenyans. Furthermore in order to ensure maximum accessibility to the digital infrastructure, affordable smart mobile phones that are locally assembled will hit the market in August – an exciting prospect indeed! These smart devices will be available at an attractive price point of Sh. 5,600 and are projected to significantly augment both the use of online government services and online work opportunities across Kenya.

The government has made it clear that their main focus is ensuring that every citizen can benefit from this revolutionary shift towards digitization. And theres even more! The government has initiated discussions with prominent global technology giants aiming to connect them with talented young Kenyans – their ultimate objective being maximizing potential within the realm of online work opportunities. Its’ astonishing how limitless possibilities exist within this ever expanding digital world.

MultiChoice Rattles Kenyan Viewers with Price Hikes on DStv and GOtv Packages

Multichoice Kenya is hiking subscription prices starting August 1, 2023. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “What’s the damage?” Well, hold on to your remote controls because there are some figures you ought to know. DStv Access subscribers will have to cough up Ksh1,300 instead of the current Ksh1,200 per month. That’s a hundred shillings more! Looks like DStv Family subscribers won’t be spared either. They’ll now be parting ways with Ksh1,850 per month instead of Ksh1,750.

On top of it, DStv Compact subscribers, known for their budget-friendly ways, will now need to shell out Ksh3,500 per month instead of Ksh3,300. It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, we’ve compacted your wallet too!” And if you thought the pain ended there, think again. DStv Compact Plus subscribers will have to dig a little deeper, with their new price jumping to Ksh6,200 from Ksh5,900.

Now, here’s a special shout-out to all the DStv Premium subscribers out there, the crème de la crème of DStv viewers. They’re in for a real treat because their monthly bill will soar to Ksh9,900 from the previous Ksh9,500. Talk about living that premium life, right?

But let’s not forget about our GOtv folks. They’re not immune to this wave of price adjustments either. GOtv Max Bouquet subscribers will now be forking out Ksh1,449 every month, compared to their current Ksh1,349. And GOtv SUPA Bouquet subscribers, well, they’ll be kissing goodbye to Ksh1,899 instead of Ksh1,749.

Alright, enough with the numbers, let’s get back to the good stuff. MultiChoice wants to distract us from the dwindling balance in our bank accounts by reminding us of the endless entertainment they offer. DStv boasts over 170 channels, while GOtv proudly hosts over 70 channels. That’s a whole lot of choices for us to squabble over with our family and friends.

Whether you’re into gripping dramas, laugh-out-loud comedies, heart-pounding sports, or educational content for the kiddos, DStv and GOtv have got you covered. They’re serving up a smorgasbord of audio, local content, sports, kids’ shows, news updates, and good ol’ entertainment.