A Guide on Health and the Constitution as well as a Health Budget Toolkit launched Sept. 20 in Kenya as a result of a grant provided by SUNY/CID’s Parliamentary Support Project to the Consortium for Constitution and the Health Sector (CCHS) to strengthen legislative oversight of Health Sector policy and budgeting. The project aims to increase committee and caucus understanding of the constitutional health provisions and assist the committees and caucuses to engage in analysis and tracking of the health aspects and allocations of the national budget. CCHS held meetings and workshops with the Parliamentary Committee on Health and related committees and caucuses (including the MDG Caucus, Labour and Social Welfare Committee and the Budget Committee) to explore how committees and caucuses can provide oversight over the implementation of the health provisions of Kenya’s new Constitution.
In order to improve the legislator’s input and influence for financing in the health sector the CCHS developed two key documents:
- A Guide on Health and the Constitution, a reference manual which distills the health and health-related provisions in Kenya’s new constitution for MP and other stakeholders use and
- A Health Budget Toolkit, which is a guide for Members of Parliament and other health stakeholders on how to better engage in health budgeting and monitoring process.
These documents are aimed at: strengthening the capacity of the relevant Parliamentary Committees and related caucuses to provide oversight into the implementation of health provisions of the Constitution; increasing their understanding of the health provisions; identifying the main challenges of implementing changes in the health sector at the national and county levels, and making appropriate decisions on achieving health as a right for all Kenyans.
This project was funded by USAID and UK-Aid through SUNY-Kenya.
CCHS is comprised of the African Institute for Health & Development (AIHD); African Woman and Child Feature Services (AWCFS); Center for Studies of Adolescence (CSA); and Kenya Women Medical Association (KMWA).
Posted Sept. 26, 2012