The Kenya Health Work Force Project was born out of a request by Kenyan health officials to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assistance in improving Kenya's nursing workforce capacity. As a result, the Kenya Workforce Informatics System (KHWIS) is the most comprehensive human resources information system (HRIS) in sub-Saharan Africa. Launched by CDC's Office of Global Health, the system is now supported under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by Emory University's Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing.
To address the growing demand for healthcare workers in Kenya and the shrinking supply of resources available, the KHWIS was developed and is now being used to make better decisions relating to the most efficient and effective management and distribution of human resources. The nursing database is transitioning to a sustainability phase, and the organization is working to establish and strengthen information systems for the other healthcare workforce cadre (i.e., medical, lab techs and clinical officers).