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Kenya Government Appoints Emergency Health Workers to Permanent Positions
Date:3/20/2009

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Government of Kenya has approved a complete absorption of more than 870 health workers contracted over the past three years through an Emergency Hiring Plan to address the country's severe shortage of health professionals.

Designed to rapidly hire, train and deploy qualified workers to public health facilities using a private-sector outsourcing mechanism, the Emergency Hiring Plan was developed by the Capacity Project, a global initiative to strengthen human resources for health funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by IntraHealth International.

The government's action to appoint the contract workers to permanent positions in the public health care system ensures that the increased access to HIV/AIDS, family planning and other critical services gained through the emergency plan will continue. The initial group of workers hired through the plan -- whose three-year contracts were set to expire -- will not miss a paycheck.

"Words alone cannot express how deeply touched I am to witness this bold move by the Government of Kenya," says Kimani Mungai, IntraHealth's program director for the Capacity Project in Kenya. "Faced with famine, declining economic growth and a huge budget deficit, this move by our government indicates a deep commitment to health care service. When we started this whole process three years ago, sustainability was not even an issue -- we simply wanted to patch-up the depleting health workers. The successful absorption of these employees into the government system proves that it is possible to use innovation in solving the human resources for health crisis in Africa."

Reaching more than 200 health care facilities, many in remote locations, the Emergency Hiring Plan represents a partnership between Kenya's health ministry and the Capacity Project. The Project assisted t
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