Russia makes surprise donation to Kenya

Russia makes a surprise donation to Kenya of Ksh118 million (USD 1 million) that will be channeled to the health sector.

The Russian embassy in Kenya has announced a donation of funds to boost the country’s health sector’s capacity in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

The donation was unexpected given that the nation is at war with its neighbor, Ukraine, which has led to sanctions against its government.

Despite sanctions, Russia has continued deepening its diplomatic relationships with African countries. 

On Tuesday, July 26, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni announced that his government would continue trading with Russia despite the sanctions.

Museveni made the remarks at a joint press briefing with visiting Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at State House in Entebbe.

“We want to trade with Russia. We want to trade with all countries of the world. We don’t believe in being enemies of somebodies enemy,” Museveni stated.

In a statement released by the embassy, Russia has partnered with the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in an initiative funded by the Russian government.

The counties to benefit from the initiative are; Kisumu, Busia, and Migori.

“Thanks to this initiative, the medical institutions of the three counties received a batch of medical supplies, a total of 89,500 items. Construction of a new, modern kitchen facility is underway in the hospital of Kisumu, which was built with the support of the Soviet Union.”

“More than 200 girls and young women living in these counties and employed in the field of small business are undergoing six months of computer literacy courses,” a statement by the Russian embassy in Kenya read in part.

While presiding over the project’s opening, Vladimir Lenev, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Nairobi, explained that the fund will bolster Kenya’s health sector.

“The implementation of this project will contribute to Kenya’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” Lenev stated.

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