The Kenyan government is continually improving and upgrading existing health facilities and opening new ones to meet the demand of the country and its neighbours.
Healthcare & Medical Sector in Kenya
The Kenyan government is continually improving and upgrading existing health facilities and
opening new ones to meet the demand of the country and its neighbours. Most of the medical
equipment and supplies are imported. High-quality private practitioners require sophisticated
medical equipment, but the public sector acquires less expensive equipment. Private health
institutions account for 60% of total medical equipment and supplies.
Kenya has a healthcare system that is operated by two major players, the government run and
owned healthcare institutions that make up the largest number of frequented health care points in
the country, and the private run healthcare institutions. The healthcare sector is governed through
two ministries, the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation.
The Kenya Health Policy Framework is the overarching health policy and the National Health
Sector Strategic Plan elaborates strategic imperatives for this sector.
The healthcare sector comprises the public system, with major players including the Ministry of
Health and parastatal organisations and the private sector, which includes for-profit, NGO and
faith based organisations facilities. Health services are provided through a network of over 4,700
health facilities countrywide, with the public sector system accounting for majority of these
facilities. The public health system consists of the following levels of health facilities: national
referral hospitals, provincial general hospitals, district hospitals, health centres and dispensaries.
The government health service is supplemented by privately owned and operated hospitals and
clinics and faith based organisations, hospitals and clinics.
According to National Health Accounts, 29.3% of health expenditure is public, with 31.0% from
donors and 35.9% from households. Combination mechanisms are continuously being
strengthened between the various partners including DANIDA, DfID, GDC, Italian Cooperation,
SIDA, UNICEF, USG and World Bank came together under the Joint Support program to design
areas of focus for their support.
Key health impact indicators suggest stagnation in the health status. This stagnation is
attributable to the high disease burden due to existing and new conditions, and an inadequate
response to manage the disease burden. The health impact indicators also suggest wide
disparities in health across the country, closely linked to underlying socio-economic, gender and
Malaria is the leading cause of outpatient morbidity in Kenya. After Malaria, the most common
illness seen in outpatient clinics are diseases of the respiratory system, skin diseases, diarrhoea
and intestinal parasites. Other frequent health problems include accidental injuries, urinary tract
infections, eye infections, rheumatism and other infections.
ξ Construction of new hospital and outpatient clinics.
ξ Supply of medical equipments to both private and public hospitals.
ξ Private hospitals are expanding their services to be able to meet the demand of a growing
middle-class who can afford quality care.
ξ Global health partnerships, to provide resources for addressing health challenges.
ξ Continuous training of health professionals to stay abreast of the latest developments in the
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Getting into the market
There are two main ways of accessing this sector:
1. Directly being involved in construction of new hospitals/outpatient clinics, through the
Ministry of Health tenders and/or private sector consortiums/tenders.
2. Identifying a suitable local agent/distributor for the supply of medical equipments.
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in country - or contact your local international trade team.
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