03.03.01. Size and structure of the workforce | Kenya

03.03.01. Size and structure of the workforce | Kenya

31 Mar 2022

Kenya has 20.7 doctors and 159.3 nurses (enrolled and nursing officers) per 100,000 which is below the WHO-recommended average of 21.7 doctors and 228 nurses per 100,000 people (Republic of Kenya, 2014a). Other key cadres of staff in public health facilities include public health officers, pharmacists, laboratory technologists, nutritionists, health records officers, trained health workers, social health workers, and community health extension workers (World Health Organization, 2017b). The majority of the Kenyan health workforce work in the private sector with almost 75% of the medical doctors and 66% of nurses and clinical officers (Kenya HealthCare Federation, 2016). Currently, there are a total of 65 Hospices and palliative care providers across Kenya (Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), 2019). However, there is no literature on how many health care workers are providing LTC services in Kenya.


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Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). (2019). Hospices. https://kehpca.org

Republic of Kenya. (2014a). Kenya Health Policy 2014-2030. Nairobi, Kenya. http://publications.universalhealth2030.org/uploads/kenya_health_policy_2014_to_2030.pdf

World Health Organization. (2017b). Primary Health Care Systems (PRIMASYS): Case Study from Kenya, abridged version. Geneva, Switzerland. https://www.who.int/alliance-hpsr/projects/Alliance-PRIMASYS-Kenya-comprehensive.pdf