What is FUNZOKenya?
FUNZOKenya is supporting the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make dramatic changes to its health worker education and training systems. “Funzo” means training in Kiswahili, and the activity works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, and link professional licensing to ongoing professional development. The activity is initiating public-private partnerships that are increasing available funding for health worker training and professional development.
Project Duration and Budget
February 2012 – February 2017
Who implements FUNZOKenya?
Great Lakes University of Kisumu
Results for Development
University of Nairobi
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Kenya Healthcare Federation
Where does FUNZOKenya work?
In all 47 counties of Kenya.
What does FUNZOKenya do?
Increasing the numbers of Kenyan health workers
FUNZOKenya works with the Ministries of Health to forecast the number of new health workers needed and is working with selected training institutions to increase their admissions capacity.
The activity is increasing access to training through loan and scholarship programs for pre-service students and in-service health workers.
Improving the quality of Kenya’s health workforce
FUNZOKenya supports training institutions to develop modern, relevant, and standardized courses based on set curriculum, and to develop Web-based distance learning modules.
Regional training hubs are being established to address the gaps in the skills and knowledge of those already working in the health field. The hubs are staffed with managers and supervisors who can provide ongoing post-training support. Information and communications technology is capturing training data, and Ministry of Health officials are adapting the new technologies.
Strengthening regulatory bodies
FUNZOKenya is strengthening the capacity of regulatory bodies to standardize training curricula and provide quality assurance for training, establish performance norms, identify gaps, and strengthen the link between continuing professional development and registration/re-licensure. This includes creating a database to make training data available to the Ministry of Health, regulatory bodies, and health workers.
How is FUNZOKenya making a difference?
Since the project began, 2,934 health workers have been trained. As of June of 2013, FUNZOKenya had increased the number of training institutions providing ongoing in-service training from two to nine. The Ministry of Health conducted an e-induction of 961 health workers from eight counties.
In mid-2013 the activity worked with the Department of Nutrition in the Ministry of Health to train 20 faculty members from 14 different training institutions on infant and young child feeding techniques.
Also in mid-2013, FUNZOKenya supported the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board in finalizing the core curriculum for the training of doctors and dentists, as well as aided the finalization of the Continuous Professional Development guidelines to be used by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board and the Kenya Nutrition Dietetics Institute.
Staff were trained at three training institutions to use data management to improve timely reporting, data accountability, use of data in decision making, and the benefits of dissemination of training data to county health coordinators and stakeholders.
What key challenges does FUNZOKenya face?
Kenya is grappling with health system challenges including: a severe shortage of health workers, supplying and retaining health workers in remote locations, and improving performance management.
For more information:
Peter Waithaka, Activity Manager
Office of Population and Health
Tel: +254 20 862 2330
Dr. James Mwanzia, Chief of Party
Tel: +254 374 6845/53
Updated August 2013
Last updated: August 30, 2013