The Human Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya is a Mechanism funded by the Presidents Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Implemented by IntraHealth International Inc. and its partners AMREF Health Africa and Strathmore University Business School (SBS), the mandate of HRH/Kenya is to strengthen health workforce management to achieve improved health outcomes.
It is anticipated that by the end of the five-year Mechanism (Sept. 27, 2016 –Sept. 26, 2021):National and County Governments will make HRH decisions based on market – driven data and disease epidemiology to improve health outcomes.
HRH Kenya mechanism serves to build on the successes and lessons learned from HRH Capacity Bridge & FUNZOKenya Projects.
In 2013, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the FUNZOKenya project, the predecessor to the HRH Kenya Mechanism, in partnership with the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the private sector established the Afya Elimu Fund (AEF), to provide low interest (4%) loans to prospective healthcare trainees in mid-level medical training institutions.
The AEF initiative targets bright and, financially needy students and, those from underserved regions of Kenya and, operates on a revolving fund basis.
The ultimate objective is to increase the availability of skilled mid-level healthcare workers that are responsive to the country’s disease burden, more so, in HIV/AIDS and other priority health needs.
The Afya Elimu Fund (AEF) oversight committee is currently the highest governance structure for the fund that will be replaced by the AEF board of trustees once established. The committee has been providing strategic direction to the fund and is supposed to resource mobilization.
The committee has also been responsible for approving all first time applications for tuition loans to needy students. The committee comprises of broad base stakeholders that include MOH, HELB; Faith based organisation, contributors and medical training institutions.
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