Mombasa County is one of the many counties in Kenya facing severe health challenges. There are a myriad of unreported cases of violation of the right to health for many citizens who rely heavily on public health systems. Although the devolution of health services was seen as away to bring services closer to the needy, it has lost its objectivity due to the numerous challenges emanating from this process. The unprecedented strikes by healthcare workers in the County, poor resource allocation, poor accountability mechanisms, lack of effective stakeholder participation in health sector governance among others are some of the key challenges.
Hakijamii held a mapping exercise to identify key partners working on promoting health rights in Mombasa county. The meeting brought together a number of organizations with the aim of forming a coalition. The coalition was seen as avenues to address the many challenges in the health sector that individual organizations cannot single handily tackle.
Through the forum, we were able to identify that there is;
- Lack of a policy and legislation to guide the operation of the county health sector
- Lack of civic spaces for citizen participation in ensuring good governance of the health sector
- Non existence of strong health advocacy platforms to address health right violations
- Lack of access to information
- Lack of essential equipment in public health facilities at level 1 and 2
The members that have so far joined the network have a strong feeling that the coalition will go a long way in addressing health challenges in the county.