Kenya Sets the Stage for Major Healthcare Improvements

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The nation has created a long-term development plan called Vision 2030 which aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle-income country, providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment. Economically the priorities have been to raise the national GDP growth rate to 10% by both 2012 and 2017 respectively and according to country data, GDP per Capita has increased by 22% between 2008 and 2017 with average annual increases of 8% between these years. Kenya’s health policy is based on goals outlined in Vision 2030 (www.vision2030.go.ke) Kenya Vision 2030 Social pillar – Health: The aim is to provide integrated, high quality affordable health-care to all citizens. Priority will be given to preventive care at community and household levels, through a decentralized national health-care system.

Kenya Vision 2030 Social pillar – Health: The aim is to provide integrated, high quality affordable health-care to all citizens. Priority will be given to preventive care at community and household levels, through a decentralized national health-care system.

WHO Africa states that the primary cause of COPD is tobacco smoke (including second­hand or passive exposure). Other risk factors may include indoor air pollution (such as solid fuel used for cooking and heating), outdoor air pollution, occupational dusts and chemicals and frequent lower respiratory infections during childhood. Many cases of COPD are preventable. Comprehensive implementation of the WHO FCTC will reduce smoking prevalence and the burden of COPD globally.

Vision 2030 puts an emphasis on the private sector, which is in more demand than the public sector for the below reasons:

  • Quality offered by the public sector is poor
  • Health insurance penetration remains very low at only 4%
  • Healthcare infrastructure is unevenly distributed
  • Private hospitals and medical clinics concentrate more on urban areas

Subsequently, as a result, an estimated 47% of the poorest Kenyan population are now using private healthcare facilities. With the support of the private sector Kenya intends to become the African regional provider of specialized health care by opening Kenya to health tourism.

Kenya Health Sector

Kenya’s health sector is expected to grow at a faster rate than the overall economy, due to:

  • Life expectancy has increased by 6% in the last 10 years
  • Population is growing at a rate of around 2.7% annually
  • Estimated annual GDP has grown at a rate of 8%
  • There are growing trends in non-communicable and communicable diseases
  • There is more urbanization as well as awareness of preventative health care

Vitalograph have been active in supporting the population in Kenya and Vision 2030 by providing high quality, reliable and robust spirometry devices to the Kenyan market in an effort to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease. Here you can see the Vitalograph Kenya Distributor Medsurge conducting product training to the Occupational Health team at the Medanta Africa Clinic, Nairobi City on how to use the Compact Expert Workstation. The Compact Expert Workstation provides complete spirometry testing with the ability to add additional modules for Audiometry, 12 Lead ECG and Pulse Oximetry testing, making it a full workstation, ideal for Occupational Health Settings.