October 6th-12th, representatives for Region Västerbotten and The City of Umeå, participated in a program in Kisumu County, Kenya that also included field visits to other counties in the Lake Victoria basin area.

The program included introductory meetings with executives from the county governments of Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Busia and Migori, field visits relevant for the project, a partner engagement meeting in Kisumu, steering group meeting and a meeting at the Swedish embassy in Nairobi, hosted by the Swedish ambassador, Caroline Vicini.

The program was very successful. It is a tremendous challenge working to create resilient and sustainable health systems due to the complexity of this challenge. We will soon summarize our work during the first year of the project, and we are happy that we have been able to achieve so much in this short period. We will continue working towards the project objectives, together with our partners from the Kenya lakefront counties, research institutions and UN-organisations.

To be continued.

The project is funded by Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). I am contracted by Center for Rural Medicine, Region Västerbotten as the project manager and senior advisor.

The photo is from the partner engagement meeting in Kisumu October 9th, where Mr. Solomon Nzioka from WHO contributed to our discussions.