Elective Africa

Overview of the Country

With a population of 39 million, Kenya is situated in the east of Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, north of Tanzania. Relative size of country is slightly more than twice the state of Nevada or approximately two and half times the size of Britain. Kenya remains a popular tourist destination given is world famous wildlife attracting Safari tourists – the country has numerous wildlife reserves containing thousands of animal species; with the most popular being the “big five” of Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant . The country is also a popular touring destination given its exotic reef-lined beaches on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The country has numerous wildlife reserves.  The country’s popularity has recently gotten a further boost with President Obama’s Kenyan roots.

The country is named after Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Uganda to the West, Tanzania to the South and the eastern side boarders the Indian Ocean.  

Kenya has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and dry in the northern parts of the country. The country receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. It is usually cool at night and early in the morning.

The country is a democracy and the economy is a market based system. The key economic activities are tourism and agriculture.

Overview of our programs in Kenya

We run several programs in Kenya, including Pre-Medical / Pre-Health, medical students, nursing and physicians assistants. Kenya is the backbone of our elective programs given that this is where we had our first client 10 years ago in Mombasa - the historical city that serves as the current Elective Africa headquarters. We have extremely good relationships with many hospitals in the country, and whether you are looking for a rural or urban placement, we can place you. We typically house our placements in our residences, but also arrange home stays upon request.

Overview of the health system

The Government is the main provider of health services, but the private sector, both for profit and non-government, also serve a significant proportion of the population. Government run services tend to be not well maintained and there is shortage of medical equipments and medication; generally resources are extremely limited. The private hospitals have a higher standard of care. Placements tend to be in private mission hospitals or government run hospitals, typically teaching hospitals.

The system is a 6-tier health system. Level 1 is the community units; level 2 is the dispensaries, or basic health facilities; level 3 is the health centres; level 4 is the district level; level 5 is the provincial level, and level 6 is the national level.