Ministry of Health (Kenya)

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Ministry of Health
Wizara ya Afya
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Ministry of Health and Housing
JurisdictionGovernment of the Republic of Kenya
HeadquartersAfya House,
Cathedral Road, Nairobi
Annual budgetKSh. 60 billion
Agency executives
  • Hon. Susan nakhumicha,
    Cabinet Secretary
  • Hon. Susan Mochache,
    Principal Secretary
  • Hon. Dr. Rashid Abdi Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary
  • Hon. Errolle Collins, Chief Administrative Secretary
Child agency
  • Several

The Ministry of Health in Kenya is based in Nairobi at the Afya House. The current Cabinet Secretary for health is Mrs Susan nakhumincha.


The Ministry of Health traces its roots back to colonial times in British Kenya. Post independence, in the inaugural cabinet, the ministry was originally named the Ministry of Health and Housing. The inaugural holder of the post was Dr. Njoroge Mungai.[1]

In 2008, the coalition government was formed and the Ministry of Health was divided into the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Medical Services.[2] However, this lasted for only four years, and the ministries merged into the unified Ministry of Health in 2013 after the formation of the Unity government.

The United States suspended their $21 million funding of the ministry over allegations of corruption on 9 May 2017.[3]

Child agencies[edit]

The Ministry of Health has 6 departments within the organization which focuses on their respective sector who are under the supervision of the Director of Medical Services, Principal secretary and Cabinet secretary.[4]

  • Department of Preventive and Promotive Health
  • Department of Curative and Rehabilitation Health Services
  • Department of Standards and Quality Assurance and Regulations
  • Department of Planning and Health Financing
  • Department of Health Sector Coordination and Inter Government
  • Department of Administrative Services

Historical list of ministers[edit]

Ministry of Health

Ministries of Public Health and Medical Services (created in 2008)

Ministry of Health

See also[edit]


  1. ^ kenya50 (2013-06-10). "The First Cabinet". Kenya @50. Retrieved 2016-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Ministry of Public health Strategic Plan 2008-2012" (PDF).
  3. ^ "US cuts Kenya health aid money over corruption allegations". BBC News. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Departments « Ministry of Health". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ Kenya Gazette. 11 June 1963. p. 643. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  6. ^ Kenya Gazette. 28 December 1965. p. 1516. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  7. ^ "CIA list of world leaders" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2014.

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