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Cablegate: The President's Malaria Initiative: Kenya

Published: Fri 1 Dec 2006 09:34 AM
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FM AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5838
UNCLAS NAIROBI 005126
SIPDIS
AIDAC
SIPDIS
AID WASH FOR RGREENE, AF/EPS CJACKSON, AF/E RMEYERS
E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: THE PRESIDENT'S MALARIA INITIATIVE: KENYA
WELCOMES INCLUSION
REF: STATE 180359
1. Summary. The Government of Kenya (GOK), represented
by the Minister for Health, Mrs. Charity Ngilu, and Mr.
Jackson Kinyanjui, External Resources Department,
Ministry of Finance, are enthusiastic about the prospect
of taking part in the President's Malaria Initiative
(PMI). Ambassador Ranneberger, on behalf of the U.S.
Mission in Kenya, concurs in Kenya becoming a PMI
country and is prepared to work with Washington to
commit the resources necessary to support this inter-
agency program, to be led at post by USAID.
2. Government of Kenya response. Following reftel
instructions, Mission contacted the Minister for Health,
Mrs. Charity Ngilu, and Mr. Jackson Kinyanjui, External
Resources Department, Ministry of Finance, and used the
talking points provided in reftel. The GOK is aware of
what the PMI is doing in other countries, has ideas as
to how the PMI would complement and add to other malaria
initiatives in Kenya, and is fully supportive of the
U.S. Mission recommendation that Kenya become a PMI
country. The U.S. Mission agrees with the GOK?s
assessment that there is existing governmental and non-
governmental capacity to implement this initiative.
3. Mission response. Given the positive response from
the GOK, the strength of the USG team in country, and
the health threat that malaria poses in Kenya, the U.S.
Mission concurs in Kenya becoming a PMI country. Since
Kenya is a focus country of the President's Emergency
Plan for AIDS Relief, the Mission has several years of
experience with inter-agency coordination and
collaboration to implement and report on a major
Presidential initiative. We are confident that the USG
team here can quickly implement PMI activities and make
a significant impact in a relatively short time.
RANNEBERGER
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