Why we consider Kenya for Medical Tourism
Kenya has established itself as a regional medical hub for East Africa – and an emerging player within the medical tourism sector. With healthcare facilities & doctors that are among the best on the continent – Kenya is cementing its status as one of Africa’s preferred medical destinations.
Kenya enjoys a high quality of medical education, producing doctors, nurses, lab technicians & hospital administrators of strong caliber. Moreover, Many Kenyan medical staff have received international training as well, adding depth to the country’s healthcare expertise. Leading hospitals & clinics in Kenya are of world-class standards, providing top-quality medical services for a fraction of the cost of overseas institutions.
Kenya as an Emerging Medical Hub
In recent years, Kenya has sought to position itself as a global innovation hub for medicine. Several initiatives have been launched towards this aim – among them:
A Kenyan/Indian partnership to build world-class cancer centers.
The development of the East African Kidney Institute, an ongoing project launched to improve health outcomes in renal disease patients.
A partnership between the Kenyan government, the University of Washington & a Kenyan/American global health consortium aimed at strengthening the research capacity of Kenya’s health system.
Because of Kenya’s rapid growth as an international medical hub, Kenya has witnessed a growing number of foreign patients seeking medical treatment within its borders. The bulk of these emanate from neighboring & regional countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania & the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kenya is also one of Africa’s premiere leisure destinations. With a spectacular coastline which curves along the Indian Ocean, Kenya is home to a captivating array of wildlife & natural scenery – making it ideal for camping, safaris & sightseeing. With more than 45 national parks & reserves as well as modern cities abuzz with diverse cultures, foods, entertainment & nightlife – Kenya offers spectacular tourism value.
Key Strengths of Kenya for Medical Tourism
- Highly-skilled medical professionals.
- Comfortable, well-equipped facilities.
- High-quality medical services at a fraction of the cost of Western/overseas hospitals
- Easy access for travellers, with wide availability of flights from around the world.
- Easy communication – with widespread use of English
- Well-developed, modern infrastructure
- Abundant options for leisure – including world-class hotels, tourism sites & facilities
- Flexible housing options offerings
Information for Travelers to Kenya
Cities In Kneya
Capital and largest city:
Other large cities:
International Dialling Code:
Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Malindi
Kenyan Shilling (KSh)
USD = 109 KSh
English & Swahili (Main); Kikuyu, Luo, Kalenjin, Kamba, Luhya (Regional)
Cholera- This vaccine is recommended for adults who are travelling to areas of active cholera transmission. Cholera is assumed to be present in Kenya. Cholera is rare in travellers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also prevent cholera
The Centers for Disease Control & the World Health Organization recommend the following vaccinations for travel to Kenya:
Hepatitis A – Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A. You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in France, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
Malaria- Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while travelling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas.
Meningitis – Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. About 10 to 15 percent of cases can lead to death. But, some outbreaks have reached 50 percent mortality. Serious permanent side effects like deafness, brain damage and amputation can occur.
Service Providers In Kenya
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Kenyatta National Hospital
Kenyatta National Hospital is Kenya’s oldest & largest medical facility. It is the referral hospital for the Ministry of Health as well as the teaching hospital for the University of Nairobi – College of Health Sciences.
The facility is located west of Upper Hill in Nairobi – the country’s capital city- and covers 45.7 acres of land. It is located approximately 3.5 kilometers from the city’s central business district.
With a total bed capacity of over 1, 800; 50 wards; 24 theaters (16 specialized) & a hospital staff of over 6, 000 – Kenyatta National Hospital is a medical hub for the whole of East Africa. Its doctors are widely noted as among the best in Africa, with many recognized as leaders within their fields. Kenyatta National Hospital has partnered with major research & medical institutions from around the globe.
Aga Khan Hospital
The Aga Khan Hospital network is widely acclaimed as one of the leading hospital groups in the developing world, with facilities in Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam & Kisumu as well as Mumbai & Pakistan among other locations. They are managed by Aga Khan Health Services, a private institution providing high-quality non-profit healthcare services.
Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi is a leading medical care provider in Kenya. The facility provides an array of services – including general medical services, diagnostic services & specialist clinics. Established in 1958, the facility has over 250 beds – and includes among its staff some of the leading medical professionals in the region.
Hilton Hotel (Nairobi)
The Hilton-Nairobi is a luxury 5-star hotel located in the city center. True to its reputation as one of the world’s top leisure brands, Hilton’s Nairobi franchise offers posh décor & 1st class amenities – all within a 5 minutes’ walk from the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Guest rooms contain a flat-screen LED cable TV, a comfortable seating area & a bathroom fitted with branded toiletries. Many of the rooms boast panoramic views of the city or pool. Executive rooms on higher floor allow access to the Executive Lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast & refreshments throughout the day. Conference rooms, a health club, heated outdoor pool, a sauna & therapeutic massages are also available.
Four Points by Sheraton
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Hurlingham, the Four Points provides guests with an elegant lodging experience. Amenities include chic rooms with double panel, sound-proof windows, picturesque city views, 49 inch LCD flat screen TV, Four Points signature bed & a large desk with a comfortable chair.
High-speed internet access is also available, along with a business center, fitness center, heated rooftop pool & spectacular dining options at Pablo’s Mezze Restaurant & Level 8 Bar & Lounge. Business guests can choose between 4 function rooms equipped with internet & state-of-the-art audio visual technology.
Kenya Airways is the national airline of the country. Founded in 1977, the carrier serves over 56 destinations – 46 of which are in Africa. It is one of East Africa’s largest airlines, carrying over 4 million passengers annually.
Kenya Airways has codeshare agreements with various international carriers. Among them:
- Air Burkina
- Air France
- Air Mauritius
- China Southern Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Egypt Air
- Korean Air
- Vietnam Airlines