Building on more than 30 years of experience in Kenya, IntraHealth is supporting the Government of Kenya’s ambitious targets to provide essential health services to all of its citizens by working to strengthen systems to produce, train, manage, and retain an optimal and equitably distributed health workforce.
The government has a plan to slash the country’s persistently high maternal, child, and newborn mortality rates by 2030; fight infectious and noncommunicable diseases; and expand the use of reproductive health and family planning services. Kenya is also committed to accelerating its progress toward combatting HIV and AIDS.
To meet these goals, Kenya must ramp up and improve access to high-quality health care throughout the country. The country needs to produce and retain more health workers; update the skills and support the performance management system of its existing health workforce; and build capacity at the county level for planning, deploying, and managing an effective health workforce.
More information is available in the country brief.
- Completed a national performance needs assessment of Kenya’s health training system. Recommended strengthening preservice education and clinical practica, linking professional licensure to ongoing continuing professional development, and taking action to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity between women and men in health education and occupation. These findings informed and shaped the FUNZOKenya project, which is supporting the government in making dramatic changes to Kenya’s health worker education and training systems.
- Effectively advocated for addressing human resources for health (HRH) challenges. Supported the Government of Kenya to develop and monitor its first national Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategic Plan (2009-2012), validate the final Kenya Human Resources for Health Strategy (2014 -2018), and establish an active HRH advocacy group with stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Between 2009 and 2014, the Government of Kenya has:
- Hired 10,000 health workers
- Improved terms of service for health workers to be more competitive with the private sector
- Ensured coordination and planning of HRH while the health sector transitions toward a decentralized system of health services management.
- Developed fair and rapid health worker recruitment procedures, trained 891 health workers with up-to-date HIV clinical skills, and deployed health workers to 219 health facilities in rural and underserved areas as part of Kenya’s Emergency Hiring Plan. Through the Rapid Hire Program, helped the Government of Kenya to further streamline hiring processes and cut recruitment and deployment time in half. Under this program, IntraHealth supported more than 1,000 health workers in some of the most needy and remote regions of the country, then facilitated the transition of 837 of these health workers to 43 county government payrolls.
- Supported Kenya’s efforts to implement and use a modified version of iHRIS, IntraHealth’s open source data management software for the health workforce, to track more than 43,000 health workers and inform national- and county-level deployment.
- Developed the iHRIS Train database, which contains records for nearly 12,000 health workers, to provide data for improving efficiencies and filling training gaps.
- Working with private nurse-midwives and other providers, scaled up access to quality postabortion care services, increased linkages to other reproductive health services, improved family planning counseling, and increased client uptake of family planning methods.
- Established regional training hubs that have updated 8,000+ health workers in critical areas such as HIV, family planning, and MNCH.
- Created scholarship and loan programs to increase the supply of health workers through the Afya Elimu Fund. To date, 341 students have benefited from scholarships and more than 5,000 students have accessed loans.
- Strengthened regulatory agencies’ abilities to identify performance gaps, review curricula, and reinforce the link between continuing professional development and registration/relicensure.
Current Projects (& Funders):
Key Local Partners
Past Projects (& Funders):
- CapacityPlus 2011–2015 (USAID)
- Capacity Kenya 2009–2014 (USAID)
- Capacity Project 2004–2009 (USAID)
- PRIME II 1999–2004 (USAID)
- APHIAPlus (USAID, supporting partner to Pathfinder International)
- AMKENI (USAID, supporting partner to EngenderHealth)
- ACQUIRE Project (USAID, supporting partner to EngenderHealth)
- Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program (2011)
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