Kenya faces severe health workforce shortages, especially at the primary health care level. Currently, the density of nurses per 100,000 of the population is 103.4, far below the World Health Organization minimum target threshold of 500 nurses per 100,000 required to provide sufficient coverage for essential interventions. RESYST research has shown that:
- Private and faith-based training institutions currently make up 30% of
admissions for nursing courses in Kenya, and are increasingly being
considered an important way of increasing nurse production.
- Students from private nursing institutions are much more likely to
graduate than public sector students; of which up to 40% do not
successfully complete their training.
- The curriculum of private institutions, however, is more limited with
less focus on public health issues such as health equity and the
social determinants of health.
- Whilst Kenya has increased capacity to train nurses in recent years,
severe blockages remain in the system, including in nurses’ employment
prospects upon graduation.
Recommendations are made for public and private institutions as well as government regulation.
Anon. The role of private sector training institutions in addressing nurse shortages in Kenya. (2016) 2 pp.
The role of private sector training institutions in addressing nurse shortages in Kenya