Sustaining improvements in health outcomes requires a nuanced understanding of the health system. The 2017 Kenya Health System Assessment provides a snapshot of the current state of Kenya’s health system in terms of the six “building blocks” identified in the World Health Organization’s six health systems framework: service delivery, human resources for health, health information systems, medical products and technologies, financing, and leadership and governance. Presenting an overview of the current strengths and weaknesses of Kenya’s health system, this assessment serves as a useful compilation of evidence and offers recommendations that can be used to inform policy and planning efforts. The last health system assessment was conducted in 2010. The 2017 assessment reviews achievements accomplished over the last six years and addresses new developments such as Kenya’s transition to a devolved system of governance and the country’s progress toward achieving universal health coverage.
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