REPUBLIC OF KENYA

President Kenyatta to open international Health Conference in Mombasa

The country is set to host a major international conference on harmonization of curriculum and training of health professionals next week.
Health Cabinet Secretary Sen. Mutahi Kagwe while making the announcement on Tuesday said the conference to be officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta will bring together delegates from over 99 countries.
The meeting whose theme is ‘Repositioning today’s health workforce for the future’ is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. It will be held in Mombasa County from November 7 to 9 th 2022. CS Kagwe noted the conference, the first of its kind, will bring together professional trainers in the private sector, faith-based organizations, the Kenyan government and regional governments from 99 countries. “The meeting will address the future workforce in the health sector. For instance, what should a nurse of tomorrow look like, what must they be trained in,” added the CS while he officiated a function at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Nairobi.
Key speakers will attend the conference in-person at Sarova White Sands hotel in Mombasa County while other participants will attend virtually in line with the COVID-19 health protocols. Local, regional and international corporations, medical institutions, trainers and providers will also have an opportunity to showcase their work at exhibition stands during the conference.
CS Kagwe, has termed the conference as a major milestone towards health care reforms aimed at
strengthening technical and soft skill competencies. He further said it will enhance global competitiveness and future job readiness of health professionals. The CS pointed out that it will strengthen the capability and technical support for health professionals to implement Universal Health Coverage (UHC), anchored on the pillars of provision of quality healthcare, ensuring access and
affordability of health care services.
“This conference provides an opportunity to focus on ways of optimizing the health workforce, enhancing governance in cadre recognition, schemes of service and scope of practice for improved workforce management and retention, as well as formulating regulatory frameworks and cross sectoral partnerships and collaborations,’’ stated CS Kagwe.