Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Yale University School of Nursing
Objective: Rural Kenya is affected by health disparities and poor health outcomes among school-age children. This paper identifies gaps in health care among school-aged children in rural Kenya, in order to identify a health care model to meet those gaps.
Design: The results of a systematic review on the health care needs were triangulated with field notes from interviews of stakeholders in a rural Kenyan village. Needs were then compared with currently available health care resources to identify gaps.
Sample: Multiple databases were searched to identify relevant articles published between the years 2000- 2014. Interviews were conducted with health workers, parents/caretakers, and church leaders in Nambale, Kenya.
Measurements: 38 articles met the inclusion criteria for review. Publicly available data on health care needs of school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, and Busia County, Kenya, were obtained from multiple sources. 49 stakeholder interviews were performed.
Results: Health care access in rural Kenya is affected by a shortage of health care resources including health care facilities, hospital beds, specialty services, and health care providers.
Conclusions: A nurse-run school-based clinic is a care model that can address the health care gaps faced by school-aged children in rural Kenya.
Tong, Bonnie, "Describing The Health Care Needs Of School-Age Children In Sub-Saharan Africa In Order To Develop A Model Of A Nurse-Run School-Based Health Clinic" (2015). Yale School of Nursing Digital Theses. 1044.