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Participating cities (LC's) University of Nairobi- Nairobi, Moi University-Eldoret
Languages English, Kiswahili
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Kenya Shillings Kshs (one 500ml coke 50kshs)
Time zone GMT +3
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 0.14 doctors/1000 and 1.65 beds/1000
Member of IFMSA since... Active since March 2012
Number of incoming students per year enter number
Who are our NEO's Makena J. Mbogori
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Welcome Note

Karibu Kenya!

We as SCOPE-MSAKE would like to welcome you to magical Kenya. Hopefully this page will tickle your fancy on the endless opportunities for adventure in our beautiful land.

We're excited to have you join us for an amazing experience!


Kenya is a located on the east coast of Africa. From the coast of the Indian Ocean, to the slopes of Mount Kenya, the dip of the Great Rift Valley and the wide expanse of the savannah grasslands, Kenya is a geographical wonderland. There are over 42 tribes in Kenya with over 50 different languages, although Kiswahili is the common language. Kenya has a population of approx. 40million.

The Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) is a student-run organisation representing medical students in Kenya. MSAKE is active in all 4 medical schools in Kenya. MSAKE was founded in 2008 and became a full member of IFMSA in March 2012. Within MSAKE we aim to help students be the change that enhances the healthcare status in our country as well as being a platform for personal betterment.

Our health care system

Kenya’s health care system is structured in a step-wise manner so that complicated cases are referred to a higher level. Gaps in the system are filled by private and church run units. The structure consists of: Dispensaries and private clinics Health centres Sub-district hospitals and nursing homes District hospital and private hospitals Provincial hospital National hospital

The two National hospitals are the Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi and the Moi Teaching And Referral Hospital in Eldoret

The hospitals

The hospitals that incoming students will mainly work at are: Kenyatta National Hospital, teaching hospital of Nairobi University in Nairobi Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, teaching hospital of Moi university, Eldoret Thika District Hospital, teaching hospital of Kenyatta university.

Our medical education

Our medical training is a 5 year course toward the award of a dual Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. The first 2 years are pre-clinical with a bias toward to the theoretical sciences. The final 3 years are clinical with involvement of hospital rounds and patient interaction. The medical school is intensive and involving. Due to this fact the drop out statistic is almost 50percent. The system has two modes of admission both merit based with certain grades in exams required. There are the government sponsored student as well as the self-sponsored students.All the students, however learn jointly. Only government sponsored students are offered accommodation in the student housing,however.

Cultural differences

Kenya is a melting pot of rich and diverse culture. From historical pathways and pre-historic findings, Kenya is a land of unending change, contrasts and diversity. Kenyan culture dictates courtesy and hospitality to people of all walks of life. There are over 45 different ethnic groups with their own unique language. It has been approximated there are over 50 different languages in Kenya. Kenyans are a patriotic and enthusiastic group with a welcoming and accepting attitude. Among the greatest strengths of Kenya is the ability to blend the best of many worlds into a strong, singular identity. Kenyans are of a conservative sort, with expressive displays of affection considered out of the norm. A handshake is the common mode of greeting. Hugging is fine after some rapport is Kenyans take a very relaxed view to time in the social setting therefore a dinner slotted for 7pm will probably begin at 7.15pm

Accommodation & Boarding

Exchange students will be housed in student hostels. Tjis gives them a chance to experience the Kenyan medical student life in totality. Interaction with the vibrant student community is also fostered. Exchange students should be prepared for an exciting and unforgettable experience. A great plus is incoming students will have the chance to experience the delicacies served in Kenya which appeal to every palate.

Social program

The students will experience the colourful and vibrant social experience in Kenya. From theatre and art to the electric nightlife in Kenya, the social programme will not disappoint.

Local & National transportation

Local transportation is use of public transport vehicles mainly. Use of minivans (matatus) and buses is the mainstay. Students can also use the exhilarating motorbike/bicycle transport known as bodaboda. Within the campus, everything is within walking distance.

Flights between different sections are also available.


The climate of Kenya is tropical with an semi-arid northern section. Kenya is generally a sunny country. With a great deal of sunshine received each year, summer clothes can be worn all year round. Cooler temperatures are experienced in the evenings and mornings especially in the interior of the country. Temperatures average at 20-25 degrees Celsius.

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