In Kenya Family Medicine is an acknowledged specialism now and
5 universities in Kenya offer FM-training (must see YouTube film) :
1. Moi University in Eldoret (see update on FM-training in MU)
In Eldoret the WHIG started its involvement in FM-training in 2004 and Hans & Marianne Bakker continued giving courses. (see news on Eldoret)
a. For the history of the FM-training in Moi University: Click
b. For the FM-curriculum in Moi University Click
c. For the FM-trainers in Eldoret Click
d. The HDSS in Eldoret & in Nairobi (S. v/d Vijver & the SCALE UP Study),
2. Aga Kahn University Hospital (AKUH) Nairobi
The FM-training in AKUH Nairobi trains 3 residents per year (a 4 year FP-training). In their 3rd and 4th year, residents train in a rural government hospital (Marangua hospital) 1 hr away from Nairobi and in Mariakani .
The Dutch FP Fleur de Meijer is staff member of the Dep of FM at AKU. In 2017, 2 FP’s from the University of San Francisco (UCSF) have helped 6 weeks in Marangua with the training and participated in teaching at AKUH in Nairobi. AKU is interested in a similar collaboration with the WHIG.
Simone Jaarsma and Pieter van den Hombergh piloted in coaching of the residents who participate in a community oriented Primary Care (COPC) elective. They participated in the Canadian funded ‘Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems’ (AQCESS) project, that is implemented in 3 subcounties: Kaloleni/Rabai (Kilifi County) and Boachoge Borabu (Kisii County).
Two residents Florence Mbatia an Nelson Nyamu did an interesting Quality Improvement project on The Burden and Management of URTI in the Primary Care facilities. It shows the potential contribution of FM towards a more Evidence Based approach. The project resulted in better, more cost-effective care. In a hurry? Read the executive report only.
Those interested in volunteering for coaching can get an impression from the report of Simone & Pieter on their 6 weeks elective guidance.
Dutch Family Practitioners in Kenya
Karen surgery Margriet van Unen FP.
This is Dutch style Family Practice offering FM-care to the community of Karen. It is exemplary for integrated, continuous, personal care. FM-residents are trained in the practice.