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  • The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops – Catholic Health Commission of Kenya was established in 1957
  • Has undergone several changes of name due to the changing demands and changes in Kenya’s health sector.
  • From its establishment to the late nineties, it was known as the Medical Department.
  • In the 1990s the Family Life Department and the Medical Department were brought together to form the Commission for Health and Family Life to help the many bioethical issues facing the family and human life.
  • In 2006 the conference once again annexed the Family Life Department to allow the Commission to concentrate fully on the increasingly complex health sector leaving the name at its current – Catholic Health Commission of Kenya.

Mandate

  • Facilitate national coordination of the management of Catholic Health facilities; Currently theses are 453 health facilities, 18 Medical Training Colleges (Nursing, pharmacy and Clinical Medicine) and More than 46 Community Based Health and OVC Programs.
  • Provide leadership on emerging health challenges
  • Facilitate collaboration, representation, lobbying and advocacy of Government agencies for equitable resource mobilization and distribution
  • Spearhead conceptualization, formulation and implementation of initiatives for enhancing services at Catholic health institutions
  • Advisory body to the KCCB on health issues
  • Responsible for developing and sustaining a strong network of managers of Catholic health institutions
  • Represent the KCCB and its health service delivery network in national forums (consultations and policy development)
  • Link between Catholic health network and MoH
  • Coordinate the Catholic institutions offering medical training to ensure harmonization of standards
  • Collect, collate and disseminate timely information on the activities of service providers to various stakeholders
  • Facilitate the workings of the major projects of the KCCB such as Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) and St. Luke’s School of Nursing North Kinangop
  • Facilitate registration and licensing of health facilities and health service providers
  • Link between relevant professionals Associations of the Laity with KCCB (KCDA and CNAK)

Through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, the Catholic Church runs close to 30% of all healthcare facilities in Kenya.The Church has an expansive network which consists of 448health units (54 hospitals, 83 health centres and 311 Dispensaries) and more than 46 Community Based Health and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programs. In the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas, the Church has and manages mobile clinics for nomadic communities; these are difficult areas that other organizations, including the Government, are not able to reach.

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