Kenya Medexpo - Medical Equipment

Kenya Medexpo - Medical Equipment

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Unit: $ millions

 

2014

2015

2016

2017(F)

Total Market Size

145.97

250.60

300.97

340.00

Total Local Production*

0

0

0

0

Total Exports*

0

0

0

0

Total Imports

145.97

250.60

300.97

N/A

Imports from the U.S.

  7.76

221.81

245.06

   N/A

Exchange Rate: 1 USD

87.92

  92.84

 101.0

  101.0

All figures in millions of USD with exception of exchange rate in Kenya shillings (Kshs)
Applicable HS Codes: 901811, 901812, 901813, 901814, 901819, 901820, 901831, 901832, 901839, 901841,901849, 901850, 901890, 901920, 902000, 902110, 902129, 902140, 902150, 902212, 902219, 902230,
Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports).
 
Data Sources:
Total Market Size: Global Trade Atlas
Total Local Production: N/A
Total Exports: N/A
Total Imports: Global Trade Atlas
Imports from U.S: Global Trade Atlas
Exchange Rate:  Central Bank of Kenya
*Data unavailable
 
The Kenyan medical equipment market relies almost entirely on imports. The total market demand in 2016 for imported equipment was $ 300.97 million. Major suppliers include China,Germany, India, Netherlands, and the United States.
 
The Ministry of Health (MoH) is the lead healthcare policy-setting government institution inKenya. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB), an agency under the Ministry of MedicalServices, regulates the registration of medical devices. Medical equipment public procurementsare done by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA), a state corporation and a specializedmedical logistics provider for the MoH. Established in 2000, KEMSA works to support theNational Health Strategic Plan and the Kenya Health Package for Health in providing public health facilities with the “right quantity and quality of drugs and medical supplies at the bestmarket value.”
 
Over half of Kenya's healthcare services are provided by the public sector, through the MoH, other government organizations, and donor partners, including the United States. These services are supplemented by those offered in hospitals and clinics that are operated by private companies, NGOs and various faith-based organizations such as the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, Christian Health Association of Kenya, and the Kenyan Red Cross.
 
There are regional differences in the quality and distribution of care, with the best facilities located in Nairobi and the Central Province, and the most underdeveloped facilities in the North-Eastern Province and on some areas of the coast. Primary care facilities in rural areas often suffer from shortages of staff and medical equipment. Some patients choose not to seek care due to the distance that they would have to travel to reach the nearest health facility. Only 30% of the rural population has access to health facilities within 4km of their home, compared with 70% of the urban population.
 
However, some problems related to healthcare access have been addressed through the Managed Equipment Services project which was launched by the government in February 2015. The first phase of the project has resulted in two public hospitals in each of the 47 counties being fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment. The Ksh38billion ($404.3million) project was fully financed by the MoH as the plan is part of the government’s vision to transform the health sector and address inequalities in access to quality healthcare with the president's pledge as an "irrevocable commitment to deliver equal access to high quality treatment to all Kenyans wherever they live, and regardless of their economic status".
 
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
Best prospects include CT scanners, ultrasound units, X-ray equipment, MRI equipment, angiography, endoscopy, biochemistry, hematology, and immunology systems, and radiotherapy machines.
 
Opportunities
U.S. medical equipment suppliers are in an excellent position to increase their market share in Kenya due to U.S. technical competitiveness. Kenyan users appreciate the quality and reliability of U.S. medical equipment although price is an issue. Leading private sector hospitals are very active in modernizing their medical equipment inventories, while public sector hospitals are expected to engage in a re-equipping strategy following improved budgetary allocations. At present, most public health institutions lack basic medical equipment. Recently issued government tenders for medical equipment indicated requirements for basic equipment such as anesthetic machines, anesthetic trolleys, hydraulic operating tables, delivery beds, infant incubators, mortuary trolleys, hydraulic operating tables, mercurial sphygmomanometers, and oxygen flow meters among others. Electro-medical devices (X-ray machines, ultrasound scanners, mammography units, and ECG machines) are also in demand.
 
Under the country’s Vision 2030, the government is pursuing the nationwide rehabilitation of 53 hospitals and 210 community health centers with plans to establish at least one model health center in every constituency. The construction of these new facilities will increase the demand for medical devices.
 
At least Ksh 21 billion ($223.4 million) will be spent on medical equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, a disease that is killing at least 27,000 Kenyans annually. Cancer-related deaths have been exacerbated by the shortage of medical equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Patients have had to wait for up to two years to access the available equipment, which allows the disease to markedly progress and become terminal. A further Ksh 2.2 billion ($23.4 million) is to be spent on renal dialysis equipment, Ksh 3.3 billion ($35.1 million) on ICU equipment, Ksh 12 billion ($127.7 million) on theatre equipment and Ksh 2.7 billion ($28.7million) on laboratory equipment. Nine centers of excellence manned by specialists will be set up as there are very few oncologists in Kenya. The internet interface on the equipment would link the hospitals with the specialists who would view images sent by hospital employees and prescribe treatment for the patients.

Source: www.export.gov
Article published on 11/22/2017

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