Devolved Kenyan Government Crowling to Better Health
Going through the social determinants of health and I realize how much the word HEALTH is powerful and it is actually the only grand foundation that any health country needs.
The totality to which we address health actually determines all for which we speak for be it in socioeconomic or political aspects of a nation.
Great minds put in paper their thoughts and we end up with great policies and frameworks but ACTION and or implementation is the point where the biggest gap lies. How do we fill this gap?, remains the biggest and greatest question asked.
Worst still is the combination of toxic policies, socioeconomic and political systems that kills people’s social, economic and political health.
What good does it do to formulate magnificent policies if we cannot implement them? What good does it do to build a super highway if we do not put measures to curb reckless driving and unworthy vehicles? What good does it do to provide laptops while teachers are not motivated to increase their output? What good does it do to provide free delivery to women whilst we have not put measures to equip the mother to cater for herself and the newborn post-delivery and during preconception period? It is common sense that this is the crucial and most vulnerable part of the mother's and infant's life that the free services are imperative if we are tame down on maternal and infant mortality, that the teachers are to be motivated to help the children be more tech savvy to automate the nation, that the speed governor and Michuki laws have to be reinstated and traffic police be more vigilant
I believe advocacy for holistic health has come with the advent of devolution. Financial austerity, good governance, community empowerment, civil society action and pressure will definitely lead to a drift from downstream to upstream and ultimately build a healthy nation