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HeSMA’s mission is to create future generations of Board Certified Health Managers and
raise the professional bar for professionals to be able to champion the Health Systems
Strengthening (HSS) in Kenya and the surrounding region. The Credentialing and Certification Board is receiving applications from healthcare managers who are ready to be certified. Call 0202330034 or 0729872543 to find out more



Health Systems Management Association (HeSMA) was founded through collaborative efforts of individual health managers and representatives of Kenyatta University and Kenya Methodist University. The representatives selected a working team that put together a constitution, registered the association and developed this strategic plan.

Although great strides have been made in improving the health indicators in Africa in the last 20 years, poor management of the sector has hindered it from being adequately responsive to the needs of the population. Of great concern, has been the level of management responsibilities put on health workers with minimal training and experience in management.

In 2013, the Health Systems Management Association (HeSMA) was established and registered as an organization to champion health systems managers’ aspirations for a better managed health sector. Guided by the motto Professionalism in Health Management through Systems approach, HeSMA supports health systems managers in their professional and academic growth, and development. Since its inception, it was acknowledged that HeSMA was positioning itself for a long arduous but rewarding journey.


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HeSMA Membership


Student members are persons who are undergoing a course of training related to health system/Service management in an institution recognized by the Association.


Professional membership shall be open to any health manager with;
Diplomas,Degree & Higher Qualifications recognized by the Association.


Conferred by a special resolution of the board / AGM upon Health manager who has been recognized by the Assembly as having made an outstanding contribution to the profession.


Corporate Membership shall be conferred to companies and corporate bodies in Public, Private (profit and nonprofits)This bodies include; Training Institutions,


Associate Membership is open to any manager or individual in health-related field of practice including but not limited to persons in the fields of health management.


Conferred on any person (not a member) who in the majority opinion of the AGM has made an outstanding contribution to health management in Kenya or beyond.

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