iHRIS in Kenya—The Key to Long-Term Sustainability

Brooke BuchananThe human resources information system (HRIS) implementation team for Capacity Kenya has championed the use of iHRIS software in Kenya. Because of their efforts we are excited to soon have a fully integrated system for human resources for health policy, planning, and management throughout the country.

Dr. Samwel Wakibi is now collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation to ensure all human resources data for hiring, transferring, and retiring health workers are electronically entered into iHRIS by the Complement Section—the part the Human Resources Division within the Ministry of Health that handles all status changes for employed health workers, then sends these change orders to the Ministry of Public Service and then on to payroll.

The importance of this system being housed in the Complement Section is monumental as it ensures that that iHRIS becomes an integral part of the daily operations, and that the process becomes the sustainable standard of doing human resources for health work in the country.

We have Dr. Wakibi to thank for this brilliant idea, and it will be a key reason for Kenya’s long-term success in strengthening the health workforce.

Capacity Kenya builds on the success of the USAID-funded Capacity Project, which preceded CapacityPlus. Read more about Kenya’s HRIS work on HRIS in Focus: The Global HRIS Strengthening Blog.

Photo: Courtesy of Brooke Buchanan