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|The Status of Implementation of the Constitution of Kenya in the Health Sector|
The promulgation of the constitution of Kenya by H.E. President Mwai Kibaki, CGH, MP, on 27th August, 2010 was a major milestone towards the realisation of the highest attainable standard of health for every Kenyan.
The Ministries of Health in actualising the implementation of the Constitution initiated processes seeking to consolidate gains made in respect to provision of service delivery; leverage existing decentralized structures in health; and re-positioning to fulfil public expectations in light of the constitution.
As a priority the two ministries are seeking to ensure that the right measures are put in place for successful implementation of, and transition to the new dispensation for the health sector as envisaged by the Constitution. In particular, the Ministries have initiated processes targeted at reviewing policy, legal and administrative frameworks while ensuring stakeholder and public participation.
The Ministries of health together with stakeholders are in the process of developing instruments that will catapult the health sector to the next level in the realisation of quality and affordable health services for every Kenyan.
These documents include the draft Comprehensive Kenya Health Policy Framework 2011-2030 and the Draft Position on the Implementation of the Constitution Paper. The policy framework defines how the health sector plans to ensure that the highest attainable standard of health is a reality for every Kenyan.
The Draft Position Paper on the Implementation of the Constitution highlights the provisions in the Constitution that have direct and indirect effect on service health services and expounds on how the health sector will respond in actualising them.
The two Ministries hereby invite the general public and our stakeholders to provide comments that will enrich the process and enable the health sector come with a robust legal and regulatory framework.
It is important to note that policy development and the implementation of the new constitution is a priority process for the Ministries of Health and the Stakeholders at large.
The next event on the policy development process is the Regional Stakeholder Forums which will take place in various parts of the country from 12th September, 2011 to 23rd September, 2011.In case you would like to participate in the regional forums you can get in touch with Provincial Directors of Health in the respective regions.
You can also provide comments through the following email addresses.
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