The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health received funding from the International Development Agency/the World Bank to strengthen laboratories in Kenya under the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project. The development objective of the project is to establish a network of efficient, high quality, accessible public health laboratories for the diagnosis and surveillance of TB and other communicable diseases.
Part of the credit is being used to construct five new regional public health laboratories and renovation of the National Public Health Laboratory Services in Nairobi. The satellite laboratories are based in Wajir, Malindi, Busia, Machakos and Kitale.
An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) that includes an Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) was prepared in 2010 for all sites to ensure proper identification and mitigation of potential adverse environmental and social impacts. The ESMF included an Environmental and Social Screening Form (ESSF), an Environmental and Social Checklist guideline, a Social and Environmental Clauses/Guidelines (SEC/G) for contractors, and a summary of the Bank’s safeguard policies. It also outlined the steps to be followed by the client in the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) reports. This ESMF was consulted upon and disclosed in country.
The project carried out Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for all selected sites before the actual construction or rehabilitation of the laboratories, in accordance with national environmental policies and regulations, and the World Bank Safeguards Policies. The ESIAs and ESMPs have been consulted upon as per attached.
NEMA licenses for Malindi, Machakos, Busia, Wajir and NPHLS