Church Health Services
CHURCH HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATING COMMITTEE
View the Terms of Reference of the Church Health Services Coordinating Committee
Church health service providers in Kenya represented by Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), Kenya Episcopal Conference (KEC) and Mission for Essential Drugs & Supplies (MEDS) have launched a Partnership Framework by the name of Church Health Services Coordinating Committee (CHSCC).
The CHSCC consists of twelve (12) members drawn from the three member organizations, each contributing four members who include the head of the organization. This strategic development was attained after several years of informal consultations among these leading FBOs involved in health service delivery in Kenya.
The creation of CHSCC was motivated by the lessons from other African countries where Protestant Churches and the Catholic Church have one joint agency (Christian Health Association) for coordinating advocacy and capacity building of Church health facilities. The mandate to establish CHSCC was provided by the National Church Leaders Health Partnership Forum which was held on July 30-31, 2008, at the Jumuia Conference Centre, Limuru.
This is a key milestone towards strengthening and harmonizing the voice of the Church in health policy development, service delivery and health care financing issues. The CHSCC shall hold monthly meetings to discuss and build consensus on joint advocacy issues and strategy and to determine strategies for profiling the contribution of church health services in Kenya.
CHSCC LEADERSHIP AND SECRETARIAT
- The positions of the Chairman and Vice Chairman shall rotate between KEC and CHAK every two years, while the position of the Secretary shall be held by MEDS.
- Each office bearer shall serve a term of two years, and shall hold office until the next elections, provided that they continue to be representatives of their respective member organizations.
- The CHSCC shall be supported by a Joint CHSCC Secretariat, which will be housed in MEDS or in a joint office. The Secretariat shall maintain the records of all CHSCC meetings and activities. Until such time that the Joint CHSCC Secretariat is fully established, MEDS will continue playing this role.
- Funding to the CHSCC Secretariat and activities will be through cash or in-kind contribution from the member organizations and/or through donor funding.
CHSCC – Terms of Reference (TOR)
The CHSCC has the following mandate, duties and responsibilities:
- To create a forum for discussing joint advocacy issues and strategies
- To create a platform for networking and experience sharing among the members
- To create a platform for exploring opportunities for joint resource mobilization to support health services delivery in member health facilities
- To create a joint platform for engaging other interested partners
- To review issues on policy, regulation and quality standards in the health sector as well as their implication on church health facilities
- To review common challenges and develop strategies to address them
- To facilitate the sharing of best practices, information and case studies from member organizations
- To promote the role and contribution of Church health facilities and services in Kenya through documentation and publicity
- To facilitate mapping of church health facilities and services in Kenya
- To maintain an up – to – date database of Church health facilities and services to support planning, advocacy and allocation of resources.