29 November 2012

Kenya: USAID and KEMSA Partner to Supply PEPFAR-Funded Health Commodities

press release

November 30, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

KEMSA Warehouse, Embakasi, Nairobi

Nairobi, 29 November 2012

The U.S. Embassy invites the media to a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day. The ceremony launches a new agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Kenya Medical Supply Agency (KEMSA).

When: Friday, November 30, 2012

- 10:00 a.m. Agreement signing ceremony

- 12:00 noon KEMSA warehouse tour and photo opportunity

Where: Kenya Medical Supply Agency (KEMSA) Warehouse, Embakasi, Nairobi

USAID Mission Director Karen L. Freeman will represent the United States. The Minister of Medical Services, the Honorable Professor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, will represent the Government of Kenya. Starting at 10:00 a.m. at the KEMSA Embakasi warehouse, the two governments will endorse an innovative agreement that uses the KEMSA systems to procure, warehouse, and distribute up to $50 million of health commodities funded by the U.S. Government through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The Kenyan officials will give Ms. Freeman a tour of the KEMSA Embakasi warehouse. Ms. Freeman arrived in Kenya in early November to serve as the USAID Mission Director.

Background: USAID has entered into a new direct funding agreement with KEMSA. This arrangement will enable KEMSA to procure, warehouse, and distribute up to $50 million of U.S. Government-funded health commodities, including HIV rapid diagnostic kits funded through PEPFAR. This agreement between USAID and KEMSA advances the two countries' mutual objectives of building strong country-owned and country-managed systems.

Media interested in attending are requested to contact Robin Johnson to RSVP: Robin Johnson, Development Outreach and Communications Specialist, USAID/Kenya +254 20 862 2332/+254 (0) 719 112 135/ robinjohnson@usaid.gov

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