Posted on Sep 3, 2014 · Posted in News

Arial-View-Strategic-Plan-OPTLate last year, Tenwek Hospital approved a new strategic plan that will guide the hospital’s growth through 2018. The plan was developed by a multi-disciplinary committee of stakeholders, including hospital administrators and staff.

According to the plan, “The Kenyan health system suffers from an acute shortage of health providers, with a mismatch between the disease burden and the health workforces available to provide health services. Recent figures suggest that there are approximately 18 doctors for every 100,000 people in Kenya, and around 128 nurses per 100,000.”

Tenwek is committed to addressing this shortage by improving and increasing its ability to recruit, train, and retain medical staff and deliver high quality health care and services “that both improve health outcomes and further the ministry of Jesus Christ in the community.”

The plan is organized around six specific focus areas that will ensure the coordination of efforts and resources to achieve the plan’s objectives:

  1. Provision of an enabling environment that fosters access and quality services
  2. Provision of quality clinical services;
  3. Provision of quality clinical support services (i.e. laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, etc.);
  4. Training for service in the community;
  5. Provision of spiritual and evangelism ministry services; and
  6. Monitoring and evaluation, and research.

A detailed Annual Operational Plan will be developed each year to support effective implementation, with the work plan and budget clearly linked to the objectives, strategies, and planned activities. As stated in the November 2013 plan document, “The Tenwek Hospital strategic plan will endeavor to be responsive to the current situation and needs in the healthcare system in Kenya and to leverage on various government strategies that aim at increasing access to quality healthcare for all Kenyans.”

In consultation with Tenwek administrators, the Friends of Tenwek Board has identified several initiatives that will be a priority for  FOT’s year-end fundraising campaign. These include establishing an outpatient clinic in Bomet; Phase II construction of the Medical Trainee housing facility; and construction of the Nursing School dining hall.

“Each of these initiatives signals Tenwek’s continuing commitment to have a major impact on healthcare in Kenya,” notes FOT Board Chair Dr. David Hoover. “The people of Kenya need Tenwek Hospital to grow and thrive. FOT is privileged to help raise funds for these critical projects. We are confident that many current and new Friends of Tenwek donors will respond generously when we reach out to them for support.”

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