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Healthy ambitions? New brief on Kenya's NHIF

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) released its 14th budget brief on May 28, 2012 in Nairobi, entitled Healthy Ambitions? Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Must Become More Transparent if it is to Anchor Universal Health Coverage. As the NHIF is increasingly playing a larger role in Kenya’s health system, it is being called upon to open its books to the public. The report was co-authored by IBP's Dr. Jason Lakin and Vivian Magero. Lakin is associated with and housed by Twaweza in Kenya and Twaweza participated in the launch of the brief.

According to the findings, NHIF does not communicate financial and policy information to the public in a clear and transparent way as is expected from such an institution. ‘The lack of transparency at NHIF is representative of a broader problem of inadequate public reporting on the financial activities of Kenyan state corporations,’ the document says.

IBP recommends that the NHIF immediately post financial statements on their website for the past 10 years, as well as make them available at their offices. Additionally, the Treasury should revise and post on its website the annex to the budget which contains estimates of revenue and expenditure for state corporations.

Read the full brief here and read an article from The Star here on the brief.

Read more: access to information budget transparency International Budget Partnership

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