KENYA – Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe has appointed DR. Amit N. Thakker as the Chairperson of Kenya Health Professions Oversight Authority for a period of three years, effective March 25th 2022.

The Kenya Health Professions Oversight Authority is mandated to provide effective and responsive oversight in the regulation of health in the country.

It aims to improve the overall patient healthcare utilization experience by ensuring efficient, reliable, high-quality healthcare delivery systems with acceptable standards and norms are provided to all Kenyans.

Dr. Amit Thakker’s influence and impact on the healthcare industry in Africa is immense and he brings to the table an extensive experience in the field of private health, health systems and public health.

He is the current President of the Africa Healthcare Federation and the Executive Chairman of Africa Health Business whose interest is to promote the role of the private sector to strengthen health systems across Africa.

Dr. Amit co-founded Avenue Healthcare in 1996, became the first Chairman of the Kenya Healthcare Federation in 2015 and later helped set up the East Africa Healthcare Federation as well as the Africa Healthcare Federation.

Moreover, he is also a Director with AMREF Flying Doctors – Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies.

The outstanding transformational leadership track record demonstrated by the newly appointed chairperson is expected to further integration of the private sector within the health system in Africa.

Dr. Amit acknowledged the Ministry of Health CS Health Mutahi Kagwe on his appointment adding that he is ready to serve Kenya towards strengthening the health systems in country and achieving the Universal Health Coverage.

The Kenya Health Professions Oversight Authority is at the moment providing technical assistance to counties in inspection of health facilities for quality of care improvement by county health inspectors.

Dr. Amit Thakker will now head the project aimed at ensuring compliance to quality of care measures and standards by health facilities in the delivery of health services.

The Authority also champions for effective regulatory frameworks for health professionals as well as harmonized and standardized training curricula to promote production of skilled health workforce for the local, regional and international labor market.

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