Human Resource for Health

The Kenyan government acknowledges that health workers are one of the core building blocks of a health system. Recognizing that human resource demands are an integral part of the challenges confronting the national health system, the Health Sector Human Resources for Health (HRH) Strategy 2014-2018 is one of the steps the government in collaboration with partners is taking to strengthen HRH in order to deliver services more efficiently. There are a myriad of challenges facing Kenya’s human resources for health which includes severe shortages of essential cadres, performance management and persistent inability to attract and retain health workers. Health Strat recruits, develops, trains, mentors and retains health care workers to ensure they have the capacity and right skills to deliver on their mandate. Health Strat believes that capacity strengthening of human resource for health is a critical ingredient for the improvement of health outcomes. To this end, our human capital management specialists have supported an array of institutions ranging from county governments in the devolved system, donor funded, philanthropic, and educational institutions to design and deploy a framework that supports acquisition, development, maintenance and separation of human resource. We establish systems that ensure health care workers are competent, motivated and productive through a rigorous performance management cycle. In the event that the scope covers training, we deploy our innovative and cost effective training approaches that are facility-based and through e-Learning platforms with the goal of making sure that health care workers are appropriately empowered to deliver their best. Health Strat has managed over 5 projects with HRH components supported by diverse donors including USAID, CDC, Born Free Africa Foundation, SPARK Health-University of Cape Town Graduate Business School, Clinton Health Access Initiatives (CHAI), and Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International (HJFMRI). Some of the achievements under this scope being strengthening governance and human resource structures through establishment of structures that saw recruitment of approximately 6,000 uniformed health care providers to support HIV and TB response in prisons under the PEPFAR CDC TACT Kenya Prisons service project.