We, the undersigned organisations and associations, being representatives of health and human rights, civil society and non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and representatives, professional bodies, informal sector actors, economic, and governance experts have taken note of the growing public health concern arising out of the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

We write pursuant to our constitutional mandate under Articles 3, 10 and 35 of the Constitution on the responsibility to defend and protect the Constitution, the right to participate in matters concerning us and to access public information respectively.

While we, in our organisational capacities, have made individual efforts through open letters requesting information and calling for a rights-based approach to the COVID-19 response, we issue this comprehensive advisory, inclusive of multi-stakeholder views, to provide guidance on a transparent response that safeguards the health and rights of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Kenya. This is cognisant of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact the health, economic and social status of populations we represent.

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