The status and future of emergency care in the Republic of Kenya

J. Austin Lee, Grace Wanjiku, Naomi Nduku, Adam R. Aluisio, Ramu Kharel, John Tabu Simiyu, Benjamin W. Wachira

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Kenya is a rapidly developing country with a growing economy and evolving health care system. In the decade since the last publication on the state of emergency care in Kenya, significant developments have occurred in the country's approach to emergency care. Importantly, the country decentralized most health care functions to county governments in 2013. Despite the triple burden of traumatic, communicable, and non-communicable diseases, the structure of the health care system in the Republic of Kenya is evolving to adapt to the important role for the care of emergent medical conditions. This report provides a ten-year interval update on the current state of the development of emergency medical care and training in Kenya, and looks ahead towards areas for growth and development. Of particular focus is the role emergency care plays in Universal Health Coverage, and adapting to challenges from the devolution of health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalAfrican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Devolution
  • Emergency care
  • Kenya
  • Medical education
  • Universal health coverage


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