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Minister of health in Kenya Hon Beth Mugo

Beth Mugo, the Minister for Public Health and Sanitation, formerly was an assistant minister for Primary Education in the Ministry of Education, is the Member of Parliament for Dagoretti Constituency. She was born on 11 July 1939 in Kiambu district. She holds a Diploma in Business Management from Goldey-Beacom College, Delaware in the United States, completed a certificate course in Mass Media from Syracuse University in New York, and received a National Teachers Certificate from Kambui Teachers Training College in Kiambu.

She has been a headmistress at Kiganjo Primary School, held various top positions with the then Voice of Kenya Television (now the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation), and served as a director of the Kenya Women Finance Trust, a national organization founded and managed by women, to provide easy business loans to women.

She is also a member of Womens World Banking, an international micro-finance organisation that also provides loans for women. Mugo is a founder member and director of the Kenya Management Assistance Program, a national consultancy firm for new enterprises, and the founding national chairperson and national patron of the Kenyan chapter of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. She is also the executive director of Lobby Hotels, a joint Kenyan-German venture in the hotel industry.

She is the founder and managing director of Beth International Ltd., a chain of retail outlets specializing in the export of African artifacts and jewellery. In addition to being a founder member of the Democratic Party, Mugo was a national coordinator of womens affairs for the party. She is a member of UNDPs Africa 2000 Network Advisory Group, and was the convener of the African regions Preparatory Forum ahead of the United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995

She is the president of the Council for Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa, a regional non-governmental organization that campaigns for economic justice for women by pushing for mainstreaming and inclusion of gender-friendly frameworks in all legislation and policy. She has been the MP for Dagoretti since December 1997 representing the Social Democratic Party, presently a constituent party of the governing NARC coalition. She is a member of the National Executive Committee of the governing coalition.

Hon Beth Mugo minister of public health in Kenya


  • a. Public health and sanitation policy
  • b. Preventive and promotive health services
  • c. Community health services
  • d. Health education
  • e. Reproductive health
  • f. Food quality and hygiene
  • g. Health inspection and other public health services
  • h. Quarantine administration
  • i. Oversight of all sanitation services
  • j. Preventive health programme including vector control
  • k. National public health laboratories
  • l. Government chemist
  • m. Dispensaries and health centres (i.e., levels 2 & 3)
  • n. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
  • o. Radiation Protection Board
  • p. Member of KEMSA Board
  • q. Member of Kenya Medical Training College ( KMTC) Board

map of Kenya regions

List of districts of Kenya

Following a High Court ruling in September 2009, there are 46 legal districts in Kenya (district headquarters are in parenthesis):

Coast Province:

North Eastern Province :

Eastern Province :

Central Province :

Rift Valley Province :

Western Province :

Nyanza Province :

Last update: 04 July 2010
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