Kenya is the premier destination in East Africa for tourism and business. It’s the most advanced economy in Eastern Africa and home to friendly, hospitable people from a range of cultures. Its geography is as diverse as its population—from the tropical coast to the temperate hills of Central Kenya the country is a microcosm of natural wonders you otherwise have to travel to separate countries to enjoy.

Elective International participants have placement options in the port city of Mombasa.  Mombasa is Kenya’s oldest city and was at various points ruled by Arabs, Portuguese, British and indigenous Swahili. It's home to examples of impressive architecture from this varied past. From Fort Jesus and Old Town to its many temples, Mombasa’s rich and distinctive history is always on display. Mombasa’s nightlife scene and its great beaches are perfect for a fun time out or those moments when you just need to relax.

Placement overview


We offer placements in Mombasa in Coast Province General Hospital. CPGH is a Level 5 hospital which gives you a strong insight into health care challenges across the socio-economic spectrum. The Provincial General hospital, situated in Mombasa, is the main referral hospital for various other district and sub-district hospitals within the region. It is ideally suited for students who want firsthand knowledge of health service provision at the district level.

Health Care Overview

After independence in 1963, Kenya has worked to improve health care provision of its current population of 40 million, roughly half of whom reside in rural areas. The country has more than tripled the number of health facilities, improved child survival rates and lengthened life expectancy from 40 to 62 years. The intensification of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1990s aggravated health challenges in a country where half the population lives in poverty. There is also an ongoing struggle with a high burden of infectious diseases, including malaria and tuberculosis. In recent years, Kenya faces an increasing incidence of cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Coupled with these are numerous obstacles viz extending health services to impoverished populations, providing adequate financing to maintain and extend health infrastructure at the national, provincial and district levels. Since the 1990s some of Kenya’s early achievements in health have begun to reverse: over the past two decades life expectancy has declined to 53 years, and mortality among children under the age of five has risen.  

Currently, the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in Kenya include (all causes):


  • Lower respiratory infections

  • Diarrheal diseases

  • Tuberculosis

  • Malaria

  • Cerebrovascular disease

  • Ischaemic heart disease

  • Perinatal conditions

  • Road traffic accidents

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Residence,food and staff


The EI residence in Mombasa is safe, spacious and comfortable, with a large communal area as well as private suites. All meals are included in your placement. The EI housing in Mombasa is located a walk away from major shopping malls within the city, as well as a few minutes walk to the famous beaches of Mombasa. Our Kenyan staff are a friendly and knowledgeable lot who will take you around, make you comfortable and make sure you get the most out of your time.

Kenya requires 3 months in advance applications submissions 

Due to Kenya's strict hospital rules and regulations, we require all participants to submit their complete application and paperwork 3 months in advance. 

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