Kenya requires at least 56 neurosurgeons to meet the World Health Organisation threshold.

According to Dr. Jackson Kioko, the Director of Medical Services, the country is facing an acute shortage of the health specialists despite the rise of head and spinal injury cases linked to road accidents.

We have only 18 neurosurgeons serving 45 million Kenyans… This is a big variance considering there are increased incidences that require the attention of a neurosurgeon such as brain and spinal cases linked to read accidents (boda boda accidents) and other health conditions like cancer, Dr. Kioko said during a neurosurgeon conference.


The WHO recommends at least one neurosurgeon for every 200,000 people.

Kenya Medical Directory