Event: Health Systems Transparency – Why It Matters For The Private Sector

Date: 13th March 2019
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, City Hall, City Square, Nairobi, Kenya

Transparency International Health Initiative (TI-HI) and Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) are pleased to invite you to an event we are hosting in Nairobi that will bring together private sector stakeholders in the health sector to discuss some of the challenges – and some of the solutions facing the sector in Kenya and East Africa. Together with speakers from Safari.com, the B Team, and industry bodies, the event will provide an opportunity for the private sector to learn from peers and to discuss the challenges that a lack of transparency in health poses to the industry.

In a world overloaded with information and with increasingly competitive and complex markets, transparency has become an essential ingredient for businesses to thrive: it increases trust, builds relationships and drives productivity. Ultimately, it’s a powerful driver to boost innovation.

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. The sector is estimated to spend trillions of dollars every year – in Kenya, expenditure on health in 2015 was around 3.310 million US dollars. This makes the sector highly vulnerable to corruption and increases the need for transparency. Procurement in the health sector in particular is the most vulnerable to undue influence, misuse and inefficiencies – often exacerbated by the specialised nature of health procurement.

A more efficient and transparent procurement system could help save up to 20% of government procurement expenditure – funds that could be reinvested in better quality healthcare products and services for all. Increased transparency in healthcare procurement benefits the diverse private sector involved. It does so by increasing visibility on tenders, contracts and prices, by reducing distortion of the market that can negatively impact quality or sustainability, and by facilitating better access of procurement information to SMEs to help enable their participation in the market.

Transparency International Health Initiative (TI-HI) works with diverse stakeholders in the health sector worldwide. We recognise the private sector as a key ally in our work, and we look to co-create collaborative solutions to complex issues. This event is the first of a series of event we will be hosting in the region.

We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi.


08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction and Welcome with TI-HI and TI Kenya
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote Panel: Role of the Private Sector in Health Corruption.
Confirmed Speakers: Sarah Harris Steingruber (TI-HI); Dr Wilberforce Wanyanga (FKPM); Mr Nazim Mohammed (FEAPM); Dr Elizabeth Wala (KHF).
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 – 12:00 Panel: Kenyan Health Procurement – Local Challenges and Solutions.
Confirmed Speakers: Palu Dhanani, Universal Corporation; Charleen Migwe, Development Gateway; Jessica Vernon, MaishaMed.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Interactive Discussion in Groups
14:00 – 14:30 Wrap Up and Opportunities


To request an RSVP please email us at: oc4h@transparency.org