National Social Insurance Health Fund
Breaking News: Government Renames NHIF to National Social Insurance Health Fund

The government plans to launch the National Social Health Insurance Fund on July 1 as part of its Universal Health Coverage (UHC) initiative.

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha said Wednesday in Nairobi, when she officially opened the two-day National Cancer Summit, that the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will soon be known as the National Social Health Insurance Fund (NSHIF).

The CS stated that this will ensure that Kenyans from all walks of life have access to better health care.

According to Nakhumicha, the UHC program has identified cancer as a priority focus to accelerate access to care services while reducing financial burden.

Her ministry, she claims, has improved access to cancer screening through collaboration with county governments. In keeping with the summit theme of "uniting our voices and taking action," Nakhumicha urged noble partners and well-wishers to work with her ministry to ensure that universal health coverage is implemented in tandem.

Kisumu county governor, Professor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, said the Cancer Summit is a golden opportunity for Africans to join forces and redesign our cancer interventions.

Cancer remains a public health concern in Kenya, where it is the third leading cause of death. In 2020, 42,000 new cancer cases were reported in the country, with 27,000 cancer-related deaths.

The summit is part of our preparations for World Cancer Day, which is held every February.

This day will be observed on Saturday, February 4th, in Garissa County.

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