Request Proposal

Medical Support

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science Kenya

Module Overview

Healthcare services in Kenya are largely funded by the public sector, yet only 20 percent of Kenyans have health insurance and government spending on healthcare is considered low at six percent of GDP as of 2016. Preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Pneumonia pose the biggest threats. With a population of more than 45 million people, approximately half of whom live in poverty, access to basic healthcare services is a challenge. Furthermore, Kenya’s shortage of healthcare professionals exacerbates challenges of low quality treatment, understaffing, ill-equipped facilities and unaffordable health care for many citizens. According to a 2014 study, Kenya has only one nurse for every 1,000 citizens.

This module seeks to address issues of quality healthcare by partnering with Tigoni Hospital, Limuru Nursing Hospital, Limuru Health Center and Lari Sub-district Hospital to build capacity in the health sector. This module is for students studying a medical, nursing or healthcare qualification. Students will fill a supporting role for Kenyan medical professionals at clinics and hospitals, participate in cross-cultural learning workshops and promote health education through community outreach.

Location

Approximately forty kilometers north of Nairobi extend the fertile rolling hills of Limuru, most famous for vast tea fields and farmland. Here lies Brackenhurst Learning Center, a conference center and educational campus known for the beauty of its grounds, its refreshingly cool climate and first-class hospitality toward guests. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and hot showers, and Brackenhurst provides tasty, nutritious food ranging from traditional Kenyan to international cuisine. The conference center is equipped with an LED projector, TV multi-system, CD/DVD player and excellent Wi-Fi Internet access, creating an extremely conducive learning environment for students. Brackenhurst is proud to be home to one of the largest collections of indigenous plants in Africa with over a thousand tree and shrub species, making it a unique destination for inspiration, exploration, and learning.

Educational Outcomes

Practical: Learn about the Kenyan healthcare system from Kenyan health professionals; support hospitals and clinics through observing and assisting under supervision; share skills, experience and resources; and raise awareness through health education.

Theory: Build capacity and support within the Kenyan healthcare system; and observe and analyze the benefits and challenges of using a holistic approach to well-being in Kenya including physical exercise, health awareness and knowledge sharing.

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 7 days.  The maximum length is 28 days (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).

Contributors

Dr. Leon Cibaka

Dr. Cibaka graduated with a Bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. He is the head medical doctor at Limuru Nursing Home. Dr. Cibaka is happily married with one daughter. He spends most of his time at the hospital overseeing and handling patient cases. In his free time, Dr. Cibaka likes to stay at home and spend quality time with his family.

Dr. Georges Maloba

Dr. Cibaka graduated with a Bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. He is the head medical doctor at Limuru Nursing Home. Dr. Cibaka is happily married with one daughter. He spends most of his time at the hospital overseeing and handling patient cases. In his free time, Dr. Cibaka likes to stay at home and spend quality time with his family.

Customize Your Program

Thank you for your interest in this module and developing a faculty-led program with EDU Africa. We pride ourselves in our ability to customize a program that will meet your requirements, exceed your expectations and make your vision come to life.


Featured Experiences

Kiambethu Tea Farm

Touring the Kiambethu Tea Farm gives insight into the colonial history and economics of Kenya, as well as the process undergone to transform the leaves of a tea bush into one of the most well known beverages of all time. The tour includes a walk through indigenous forests rich with medicinal trees, as well as a delicious colonial luncheon on the lawn.

River Rafting Rapids Camp

River Tana is the perfect place for white river rafting, with rapids ranging from grades three to five. It is also the only place in for white river rafting in Kenya. Upstream and downstream currents, including waterfalls, provide different technicalities that challenge beginners as well as more experienced rafters. Rafting River Tana is a worthy adrenaline rush!

Big Cat Monitoring

Incredible wildlife is one of Africa’s most appealing icons, and is desperately in need of protection through conservation and educational projects. Many conservation efforts give rise to amazing volunteering programs, such as the opportunity to research and monitor big cats. Taking part in this project gives students a chance to deeply experience and engage with some of Africa’s most powerful and breathtaking wildlife.

Brackenhurst Botanic Gardens

Brackenhurst Botanic Gardens is a vibrant gateway into the world of pre-colonial climate diversity. Rising out of misty, rolling hills of emerald-green tea, these gardens stand as a testament to the power of environmental restoration and protection. The project began in the year 2000 and includes an arboretum of rare tree species that are critically endangered across the continent. 


Enquire about this program