Information for Patients
Healthcare in Kenya is average as is found in many middle-income countries. Cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa tend to have a greater concentration of quality healthcare, whereas the rural area suffers from both lack of services and medical specialists. The public sector is the greater provider of medical service within the countries and caters to the general population via health dispensaries which are managed by community nurses, who then refer accordingly. Quality varies tremendously but the private sector offers a quality that can be found in Western Europe and the USA. Gaps in health service is also provided by churches and medical NGOs operating within the country, which range from nursing care to provincial hospitals as well.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Kenyan Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Kenyan embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Kenyan medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Kenya.
English is the language of instruction for medical education in Kenya.
Information for Travelers
Kenya gets a large amount of medical tourism from other East African countries, such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Somaliland due to the higher service within its private sector. Many exapts enjoy the private sector service as well too which is of high quality and accessible. Expats can utilize the public services, but it is recommended that one to take on private health insurance coverage. The official languages of Kenya are both English and Swahili, but the general public is linguistically diverse and the lingua franca varies from region to region in the country. Nonetheless, all medical professionals speak fluent English.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.health.go.ke