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REACHOUT Kenya Context Analysis report

CONTEXT ANALYSIS: CLOSE-TO COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS IN KENYA

Kenya has a national policy known as the Community Health Strategy (MOH, 2006) aimed at reforming primary health care at the community level as a result of declining health indicators. The strategy is based on the use of volunteers referred to as Community Health Workers (CHWs) linked to primary health facilities through Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs). The programme has been implemented with varying degrees of success in government-run primary health services as well as in vertical programmes run by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The strategy is currently undergoing review with the aim of increasing the number of CHEWs and their responsibilities and revising the role and number of CHWs, to address shortcomings of the current strategy and align it with successful models in other countries.

 

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