The development problem: The global shortage of health workers has created a challenge in constraining many countries, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa from being able to achieve health equity and meet population health needs. For example, Kenya, on average, only has 50% of the recommended minimum staffing levels set by the WHO.
While the workforce goal as stated by the WHO is to get the right workers with the right skills in the right place doing the right things, it is clear that getting workable solutions to accomplish this goal has not been easy. ‘Push’ factors are issues that make health workers leave the profession or location of employment to another and include poor working conditions, poor remuneration, fear of HIV infection, low motivation, unemployment. ‘Pull factors are issues that attract health workers to an organization or location and include better working conditions, better remuneration, and a safe work environment. Push factors create an uneven distribution of health workers, which especially affects rural areas.
The challenges we have seen in health service in Kenya are many. There is a high disease burden, large unmet needs in Maternal Health and Child Survival, high prevalence and incidence of infectious diseases, increasing prevalence of various chronic non-communicable diseases, and high prevalence of various forms of malnutrition.
That’s why CHPF has set clear results on achieving improvement in health services.
We want to increase the availability of preventive health care and promotion of health. Also we want to focus on care for people living with neglected tropical diseases and other undermanaged common diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. An important group of beneficiaries for CHPF are pregnant women and children, who are in need of health care.
When we look at the health care system, CHPF also has set some goals to make change. We want to assist the government to improve the referral system and increase the availability of competent health care providers in lower levels of the health care system.
Projects we have supported:
CHPK – Community Health Education Center (CHEC)