The Time Kenya Stopped Jailing High-Risk TB Treatment Defaulters

In 2016, the High Court of Kenya declared the confinement of defaulters in isolation cells illegal and unconstitutional, in a ruling in which the sentencing of two brothers in Kapsabet in Nandi County in the Rift Valley was overturned. The World Health Organisation in its 'End TB Strategy' notes that involuntary isolation of patients should only be applied as a last resort and never as punishment.

Kenya has launched a TB policy that emphasises a patient-centred and rights-based approach to prevention, treatment and management of the killer disease.


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