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ACHAP attains status of an international faith based NGO with mandate in Africa

ACHAP attains status of an international faith based NGO with mandate in Africa

Nairobi, May 2012. The Africa Christian Health Associations’ Platform (ACHAP) has yet again achieved another organizational development milestone by attaining the status of an international faith based NGO with mandate in Africa, following the issuance of a Certificate of Registration by the Government of Kenya on 4th May 2012.  ACHAP has been issued registration under the NGOs Coordination Act of 1990. This marks a significant milestone in the organizational development of ACHAP, which had since its inception operated under the legal umbrella of the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK).

ACHAP was established in May 2007 following a consensus declaration that was made by Christian Health Associations and Church Health Networks during the 3rd Biennial Christian Health Associations (CHAs) Conference held in Bagamoyo, Tanzania in January 2007. The legal registration of ACHAP marks the culmination of a journey which was started during a workshop of ACHAP on governance held in Kampala in October 2010 which recommended to the 5th Biennial ACHAP General Assembly the need to pursue legal registration of ACHAP as a regional/international NGO. A Constitution was drafted by the Secretariat which received a lot of input from the ACHAP members and development partners. The final draft of the Constitution was discussed in detail by the 5th Biennial ACHAP Conference and General Assembly which met in Accra. Ghana in February 2011.  A Taskforce was appointed to ensure all the recommendations of the General Assembly were adequately incorporated and to process the legal registration. The Taskforce achieved the following outputs;

  • Finalized the ACHAP Communication Strategy
  • Developed ACHAP vision, mission, core values and finalized on the purpose and objectives
  • Agreed to process ACHAP registration in Kenya
  • Accepted to transform the taskforce into an interim Board for the purposes of the registration pending elections of the Board members by the 6th ACHAP Biennial General Assembly to be held in Lusaka, Zambia in February 2013. The officials are; Chairman – Dr Gilbert Buckle, Vice-chairman – Dr Dilta Djekadoum and Secretary – Dr Samuel Mwenda
  • Developed terms of reference for Technical Working Groups (HRH, Maternal & Child Health, Communication & Advocacy, HMIS and Health care financing & sustainability
  • Charted a road map for the development of ACHAP Strategic Plan
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