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

he ministry to adopt new, more transparent and rapid hiring and training approaches, which reduced the normal deployment time for health workers from more than a year to less than six months.

"If the Emergency Hiring Plan employees were not absorbed as promised, many health facilities would have been closed," notes Samuel Kaloki of the Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. "This would have resulted in a major crisis in those affected areas of the country. So this approval is a big boost to health service delivery and confirms that the Government of Kenya has fulfilled her longstanding commitment with development partners. We hope that this will challenge them further into opening up additional support to help us address our country's human resources for health crisis."

"We applaud the Kenyan government for its decision to absorb the health workers," says IntraHealth president and CEO Pape Gaye. "This represents both a real commitment to tackle the health worker crisis and a wonderful example of a successful public/private partnership. I expect many countries in sub-Saharan Africa will look at this model with interest. IntraHealth and the Capacity Project partners are proud to be part of this groundbreaking effort."

The Capacity Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is implemented by IntraHealth International and partners IMA World Health, Jhpiego, Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), PATH, and Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG). The Project helps developing countries strengthen human resources for health to better respond to the challenges of implementing and sustaining quality health programs.

IntraHealth International has been improving public health in developing countries for nearly 30 years. The non-profit's mission is to create accessible, sustainable health care by preparing and supporti
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