Statistics show that Kenyan doctors are too few to adequately serve the country's population as required by international standards. Last year, Kenya had 108 doctors and nurses for every 100 people, less than half the rate required by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 230 doctors and nurses per 100,000 people.

In 2015, registered nurses were by far the largest component of Kenya's public health workforce at 35 per cent, followed by enrolled nurses at 21 per cent. Altogether, all the nurses, including registered, enrolled and Bsc Nursing graduates, made up 58 per cent of Kenya's public health workforce. The data above has been obtained from the 2016 Economic Survey and Ministry of Health.