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Kenya is a developing country with scarce financial and human resources.  Currently the national paediatric surgeon to population ratio of 1:4000,000 falls far below the internationally recommended ratio of 1:300,000

The importance of paediatric health cannot be underestimated because on it is based the future physical and mental health of an individual. Indeed Articles 6 and 24 of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child compels signatory governments, to guarantee children’s right to life, to create an environment that maximizes survival and development of children. In Kenya, various policy documents including the Millennium Development Goals and the Ministry of Health Strategic Plan are based on this premise. Likewise, Sections 42, 43 and 53 of the Constitution of Kenya state the right of every Kenyan child to health care. Thus the shortage of paediatric surgeons is a human resource gap that needs to be urgently addressed. 

The Department of Surgery in line with its quality objectives through this programme will address the existing human recourse gaps in this discipline

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