Building a Sustainable Financial Resource Base to Support Health Workforce Training Toward Universal Health Coverage

A major contributing factor to the chronic health worker shortage in Kenya is the high cost of medical education, which many aspiring Kenyan families cannot afford. Dropout rate of students at the Kenya Medical Training College stands at 25 percent and so, the production of health workers does not meet the needs of the country. A complex environment exists that even the absorption rate of the graduates stands at 34 percent. This policy brief shares results, lessons, and policy recommendations from the innovative Afya Elimu revolving fund that is enabling more needy students to get medical education. It also suggests a raft of measures to sustain production, recruitment, and placement towards Universal Health Coverage.

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