The NACC celebrated the First lady of Kenya H.E Margaret Kenyatta for  her efforts, commitment, championship and leadership to end new HIV infections among children during the Beyond Zero Summit.

During the summit the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, recognized outstanding contributions of the nurses and midwives in promoting primary healthcare in the country. In an award ceremony organized by Beyond Zero at State House, Nairobi, nurses and midwives representing the 47 Counties were awarded variously for their work. Over 10,000 applications were received, out of which  578 qualified for the awards.

This is the second Beyond Zero Summit bringing together key stakeholders to take stock of the progress towards  Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The First Lady pointed out that without nurses and midwives, the delivery of maternal and newborn child healthcare would be jeopardized.

“Today I am grateful to everybody here, and countless others watching,  for your tireless work to improve the health and well-being of women and children. It is a special day for Beyond Zero because it gives me the honour and privilege to recognize and appreciate the role of our health workers, especially nurses and midwives for their outstanding accomplishment in communities in which they serve.”

In line with the  theme, “increasing investment for primary healthcare” the First Lady noted that the Beyond Zero initiative is committed to a stronger, more equitable and accessible healthcare for all. ‘ We should invest more in disease prevention, advocate for healthy lifestyles and deliver quality healthcare at community level to realize a healthy society’, she added.

As part of the summit proceedings, UN Resident Coordinator Stephen Jackson, Chief Executive Officers -National AIDS Control Council Dr. Ruth Masha, Nursing Council of Kenya, Edna Tallam Kimaiyo and Kenya Medical Training College, Dr Kelly Oluoch and Roche’s Head of Philanthropy Peggy Grueninger participated in a panel discussion which recommended for, among other things, increased collaboration in funding of training for primary health workers; the need to invest in adolescent health and public private partnerships.