Social Services - Kenya
HEALTH IN KENYA
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 devolved health services to the counties, which meant a complete change in the Health structure and its management in the country. The national Government handles all the level 4 hospitals which offer highly specialized care. Level 3, level 2 and level 1 healthcare centers are under the management of the county governments
Global evidence points to a direct correlation between the size of a country’s health workforce and its health outcomes. Over the last decade, Kenya’s progress in improving the overall health status of its population has had mixed results. While life expectancy has gone up and interventions to address specific diseases including HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria have yielded positive results, much remains to be done.
The top five causes of outpatient morbidity in Kenya are Malaria, Diseases of the Respiratory System (including pneumonia), Skin Diseases, diarrhea and accidents accounting for about 70 percent of total causes of morbidity. Malaria contributes about a third of total outpatient morbidity.