Since 2001, the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network (KELIN) has advocated for a rights-based approach to HIV-related strategies and programmes at the national and county level. KELIN has done this through a variety of training programmes, advocacy campaigns, and litigation on matters relating to HIV law and the rights of people living with and affected by HIV.
Now KELIN has a new strategic plan (2015-19), which expands its focus on HIV-related human rights to also include the right to health in the following four thematic areas: HIV & TB, Sexual & Reproductive Health; Women, Land, & Property; and Key & Affected Populations.
Expanding KELIN’s scope of work was a strategic decision informed by the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which holds that every person in Kenya has the right to the highest attainable standard of health care services, including reproductive health care.
By aligning her core mandate with this newly devolved system of governance, KELIN will not only ensure the right to health for persons living with HIV, but will also ensure the right to health for all of Kenya’s most disenfranchised communities.