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Status of implementation of the regulatory and policy framework on Access to Information in the health sector in Kenya
Access to timely and accurate information is essential in any democratic society to facilitate and enhance citizens' effective participation in governance processes. The right to access information held by the State is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 35 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Additionally, the provision obligates the State to publish and publicize all vital information affecting the nation. Beyond the Constitution, Kenya has an access to Information Act (2016), which essentially gives effect to the constitutional right of access to information.
For many years, ICJ Kenya advocated for the enactment of the Access to Information law in Kenya and continues to monitor its implementation in various sectors to ensure transparency and accountability in governance and public participation in decision-making. Upon this background, ICJ Kenya, with the support of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), commissioned this research to assess the status of implementation of the Access to Information Act, 2016 in select agencies in the sector and make recommendations based on global best practices.
The research focused on Machakos Level 5 Hospital as a pilot health institution and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) as a critical health agency.