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Doctors’ strike in Kenya ended through church arbitration

Kenya’s health system was paralysed by a 100-day strike by doctors over pay and conditions. The government was unable to resolve the dispute and a trusted intermediary was required so the church was called in to arbitrate. Both the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Catholic Church played a vital role in bringing about a solution, explained Rev. John Mark Oduor, Provincial Director of Missions for the Anglican Church of Kenya, during today’s visit to our offices.

Rev. Oduor told us that this story is just one example of the holistic ministry of the Anglican Church under the new leadership of Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit. Rev. John Mark’s department is working with young people across Kenya through an Initiative called Wajibika (Swahili for ‘take responsibility to be responsible’). Young people are responding in the context of a tense political situation to affirm the importance of becoming ‘peace champions’; to take leadership for civic education; to move beyond tribalism, and to encourage a commitment to non-violent political engagement.