The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) will spend £19 million (Sh2.7billion) in wealth creation projects in Kenya in 2015. Kenya is one of GAFFI’s ‘demonstration’ countries with improved diagnostic facilities planned for all the major hospitals.
The planned investment is aimed at helping the Kenyan economy achieve a 10 per cent growth rate and attain upper middle income status. Kenya has the largest, most diversified and innovative economy in East Africa. The DFID-sponsored projects will generate 110,500 jobs by the end of 2015.
GAFFI’s proposed plan to upgrade radiology capability, and install mycology and histopathology laboratories in all 8 referral hospitals, including the teaching hospitals at MOI and KNH, will also generate business opportunities. Training of radiography and technical laboratory staff is a key ongoing need. Plasticware, agar and chemicals for laboratories and service contracts for equipment will also add to the economy’s growth. Improved health has an important role in improving worker productivity.