Public Hospitals Partner with Universities to Address HRH Crisis in Kenya


Kenya is grappling with a shortage of close to 8,000 medical personnel, a shortfall that has been partly blamed on brain drain and a general failure by local institutions to produce a steady stream of trained personnel. Institutions are not allowed to train medical personnel without affiliation to a recognized hospital. Ministry of Health officials say the biggest challenge to meeting human capital needs for the health sector has been lack of hospitals that meet the criteria for training.

Seven public hospitals are set to partner with local universities to offer medical training in a move that could help Kenya plug the biting shortage of qualified personnel in the health sector. The facilities, which have undergone renovation and equipping, are expected to admit their first students in the second half of the year. The plan will see Maseno University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kisii University College and Catholic University join the list of institutions offering medical training.

From Business Daily

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