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23rd February, 2021

Kenyan GFF/RMNCH+N Country Multi-Stakeholders Platform established


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On the 14th of January 2021, under the able leadership of the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), the GFF/RMNCH+N Multi- Stakeholders Platform is established. This was a journey of over four (4) years of sustained advocacy to achieve this pedestal.
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Written by Asmau Ahmad

AHBN Communication Associate

February 20, 2021

On the 14th of January 2021, under the able leadership of the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), the GFF/RMNCH+N Multi- Stakeholders Platform was established. This was a journey of over four (4) years of sustained advocacy to achieve this pedestal.

When the GFF mechanism kicked off its implementation in Kenya in 2017, concerted efforts were made through HENNET CSOs health coalition umbrella body in Kenya as well as the Ministry of Health (MoH) to advocate for the establishment of a functional RMNCAH+N multi-stakeholder platform. Guided by the minimum standards of ensuring transparency, inclusivity and mutual accountability, the institutionalization of the RMNCAH+N coordinating structure such as the MCP at the country level was viewed as the cornerstone of the GFF/RMNCAH+N investment case implementation.

HENNET CSOs coalition since 2017 had worked with the programme management unit and family health directorate at the ministry of health, the council of governors, the GFF Liaison and GFF Focal point to support the drafting of the RMNCAH+N MCP terms of reference (TOR). These efforts culminated in the January 14th, 2021 establishment of the platform.

Dr. Mercy Onsando of HENNET, the Kenya CSOs GFF Co-ordinating group representative and Ms. Pauline Irungu of PATH and GFF CSOs IG Representative served as the platform’s launch planning committee members.

The launch of the platform was presided over by the Chief Administrative secretary (CAS) for health Dr Mercy Mwangangi as well as the UHC Technical Advisor of the presidential policy and strategy Unit, Dr Wangari Ng’ang’a.  

The CSO community have secured five positions out of the 24 seats of the platform, as follows:

1. Ms. Pauline Irungu of PATH and GFF CSOs IG Representative

2. Dr. Mercy Onsando, Chief Executive Officer of Health NGO’s Network (HENNET)

3. Mr. Sam. Mulyanga of Jhipiego

4. Ms. Brenda represents young people.

5. Mr. Michael Asudi of Organization of African Youth (OAY) also represents young people.

A joint 2-year annual action plan was developed to guide the country in the operationalization of the platform.

The CSOs in Kenya are committed to;

  • Continue engaging in advocacy and social mobilization, monitoring, and promoting accountability.
  • Elevating voices of affected populations and ensuring that policies and programs reflect local communities’ needs and priorities, improving health outcomes by introducing and scaling up innovative solutions and reaching the most vulnerable.
  • Research and data analysis: driving effective services and programs.
  • Offering technical assistance in supporting decision-makers to implement policies and programs based on the best available evidence in support of RMNCH+N agenda.

The writer acknowledged the contributions of Ms. Pauline Irungu of PATH and GFF CSOs IG Representative, Dr. Mercy Onsando, Chief Executive Officer of Health NGO’s Network (HENNET) and Joyce Kyalo Independent Consultant.

 

 

On the 14th of January 2021, under the able leadership of the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH), the GFF/RMNCH+N Multi- Stakeholders Platform is established.