In 2019, IILA made strides towards our mandate of engaging stakeholders in the policy and legislative process to facilitate the enactment and implementation of policies and legislation that have a positive impact on the lives of people. In particular, IILA’s work in tobacco control in Kenya bore fruit in the area of public health with the contributions we made in tobacco control leading to a 15% increase on all cigarettes, which is significant progress towards the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on tobacco taxes. IILA also joined other tobacco control actors in celebrating the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the British American Tobacco’s (BAT) petition against the Tobacco Control Regulations of 2014. We are confident that this decision now paves way for a stronger implementation and enforcement of tobacco control law in Kenya. Most significantly for our tobacco control work in 2019, IILA’s work in Baringo County culminated in the enactment of Kenya’s first sub- national tobacco control legislation. We are grateful to our partners and collaborators in this county for their diligence and commitment that led to this result.
During the year, IILA was also involved in mental health advocacy, where with other stakeholders, we participated in discussions at various levels on the Senate Bill on Mental Health. The Bill was passed in the senate and is now at the National Assembly and IILA will continue to engage to its logical conclusion. The organization was also involved in other areas of work, including alcohol control and extractives.
In 2019, the IILA secretariat grew in number with the appointment of two new officers- Policy Development Officer and the Communications and Digital Advocacy Officer who have enhanced our work and processes as an organization. We are grateful for the tireless effort by these and the rest of the IILA staff to achieve its objectives.
Similarly, we have grown in our program work with the finalization of our contracts with two new partners- International Development Research Center (IDRC) and LINKS/ Resolve to save lives, where we will be looking at engaging public health and non- communicable diseases by addressing the growing problem of diet related risk factors such as sugar sweetened beverages and transfats respectively.
Finally, at the governance level, we are happy to announce that in 2019, two new members joined the IILA board. We look forward to having the two join the rest of the team in providing valuable contribution to the secretariat and the organization as a whole.
Below is the link to the IILA 2019 Annual Report…