Day Three

Amref Health Africa Director of Capacity Building, Dr Peter Ngatia, Amref Health Africa in South Africa Director, Connie Osborne, Amref Health Africa Director General, Dr Teguest Guerma during a plenary

Day Brief…

Health workers shying away from remote areas, says Amref report

Kenyan county governments have been urged to employ new and creative approaches to attract and retain health workers in rural and remote areas.

A report detailing the factors affecting motivation and retention of primary health care workers in Kenya released on the second day of the Amref Africa International Conference indicates workers in remote regions face many challenges that hinder them from offering better health services.

A project officer with Amref Health Africa, Mr Richard Gichuki, who conducted the research, said health officers should be motivated through better remuneration and good infrastructure to attract and retain them in remote areas.

“From the focus group discussions held in the process of the research, it was evident that by providing some sort of comfort to the health workers could go a long way to raise their motivation,” he said.

Gichuki said some of the challenges hedged on the availability of an efficient means of transport, provision of basic amenities like power and government support to further their education.

The research, which focused on Machakos, Nairobi and Turkana counties confirmed that health workers with higher qualifications were concentrated in urban areas. It indicated that 16 per cent of the respondents with Masters degrees were in Nairobi, two per cent in Machakos and none in Turkana.

Turkana County had the highest rate of respondents who did not attend upgrading courses at 66 per cent, followed by Machakos at 65 per cent and 55 per cent in Nairobi.

Nairobi County was also listed as having the lowest number of diploma holders at 22 per cent. “A health provider working in Nairobi is twice more likely to have undergone at least one training since post basic training compared with other counties,” added Mr. Gichuki.

Cluster sampling was used to select 81 facilities for the survey, from where 361 health workers were drawn. Purposive sampling was used for the seven focus group discussions and 30 in-depth interviews.

Day Three Programme

Plenary Session 6: Generating health evidence for practice and policy change: Challenges and lessons learned
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joses M. Kirigia, Coordinator, Research and Publications, WHO AFRO
Abstract Oral Sessions
Health management information systems: for
evidence generation
Adherence to HIV/AIDS treatment and care
Addressing acute and chronic gynaecological
HIV prevention: Experience and lessons from
Addressing the three diseases: HIV, TB and Malaria
Technology for MDGs