Amnesty International Kenya, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union and the People’s Health Movement hosted the National Health Conference organized in a semi-virtual engagement manner.
1.The National Health Conference brought together various stakeholders from the national and county governments, health professionals, human rights defenders, and community health volunteers to identify and address the gaps in our healthcare system as revealed by the COVID 19 pandemic. In the conference, speakers addressed challenges related to the four main principles of the right to health: Accessibility, Affordability, Availability and Acceptable Quality. Additionally, it was imperative to zoom in and deliberate on the long-standing challenges healthcare workers face in Kenya historically.
2. A total of 115 participants were present at the conference consisting of the Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of health, the Principal Secretary to the National Treasury, the Governor of Kisumu County representing the Council of Governors, health practitioner’s civil society organizations and members of the public including persons with disability. The conference received plans from the national government, county governments, specialists on various aspects of health and consumers of the healthcare system.
3. Based on extensive and highly interactive deliberations guided by moderators and thematic experts for each panel, the following policy actions emerged from the national conversation;