This report documents innovative participatory research carried out by PSI affiliated public service trade unions in Kenya under the PSI’s Programme on Women and International Migration in the Health and Social Care Sectors. The three trade unions participating in the programme’s National Working Group, and who carried out the research, are the Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS), the Kenya Local Government Workers Union (KLGWU) and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA).
The Kenya research is part of a wider global research project, being carried out in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, and in other locations across the world in countries of origin and destination. The research aims to provide an evidence base for trade union advocacy and campaigning work on the international migration of health and social care workers.
The outcomes and recommendations from this research situate Kenya in the broader context of global human resources for health (HRH) and the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It suggests ways in which trade unions, employers and the government can work together to ensure that Kenya moves from being an “HRH crisis country”, to one that achieves quality health care services, with decent working conditions and adequate staffing levels.