Kenya: Our Impact

In a recent survey, a team from the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and Management Sciences for Health found that human resource (HR) managers in four East African countries—Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda—want and need better preparation to carry out their responsibilities, which include recruitment and deployment of staff, HR planning and policy, and training. The study recommended seeking professionals for these roles and providing short courses in HR management and leadership.

A conversation with Dr. Harrison Kiambati, Head of Technical Planning, Monitoring, and Coordination in the Ministry of Medical Services, and Ms. Judith Aswa, Programme OfficerMSH: What is the role of the Ministry of Medical Services in Kenya? Is it the same as the Ministry of Health?Dr. Harrison Kiambati. Photo by Kenya Ministry of Health staff.JA: The Ministry of Health was split into the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in May 2008 following a power-sharing deal that calmed postelection violence in Kenya.

As the Rational Pharmaceutical Management (RPM) Plus Program draws to a close, the Program Director, Dr. Douglas Keene of MSH, reviewed the successes of almost a decade of contributions to improved pharmaceutical management. He spoke at the annual conference of the Global Health Council in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2008. Getting Help to People in Need

The Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) works to help strengthen health managers and their teams to address real organizational challenges. One such organization is Kenerela, a network of religious leaders with HIV working throughout Kenya to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and address stigma, denial, and discrimination issues."My mother, stop lying to me.

The available pool of skilled health workers has been decimated in many developing countries due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Work overload, declining morale, and weak management systems all contribute to this human resource crisis. Considering the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, health facilities are now striving to incorporate HIV/AIDS-related services. Unfortunately, without an adequate number of trained health workers to administer HIV tests and to provide AIDS treatment, care, and counseling, their results will be minimized.

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