Healthcare & Medical Sector

An Expert's View about Medical, Health and Cosmetics Products in Kenya

Posted on: 29 Feb 2012

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. Market overview 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 geographical disparities. 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. Key opportunities 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 sector. Latest export opportunities – Healthcare & Medical Latest export opportunities - Kenya 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. More about doing business in Kenya Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ξ Misbah Mughal, British High Commission, Kenya. Tel: +254 (0) 713331187 or email: Contact your local international trade team Major Events 16th MedExpo Africa 2012 Date: 6 to 8 October, 2012 Website address: UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events – Healthcare & Medical Latest events – Kenya Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 29 February 2012

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