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Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 kilometres North of Equator. It is the headquarters of Kakamega County. The town has a population of 99,987 as per the 2009 Census records. It is 52 kilometres North of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria.

Kakamega is the second most populous county after Nairobi. It derived its name from the Luhyah dialect which means pinch. It was used to describe how European colonialists would eat the stapple food; Ugali.

The local inhabitants are mainly the Luhyah tribe whose mainstay economic activity is farming and fishing. It serves as the headquarters of the largest sugar producing firm, Mumias Sugar, located in the town of Mumias. It also has a new institution of higher learning called Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology along the Kakamega-Webuye Road.

Kakaemga Forest is the main tourist destination in the area. Another attraction is the Crying Stone of Ilesi located along the highway towards Kisumu. It is a 40 metres high rock dome resembling a human figure whose eyes drop water. It is also the home of Africa’s largest and most aggressive cobra, the Kakamega Forest Cobra. Other snakes include forest adder, black mamba and green mamba.

These are the programs that our Medical Electives placement offers you in Kakamega;

  1. Maternal services

  2. Comprehensive care center (CCC) services

  3. Maternal and child health unit

  4. Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care

  5. Curative In-patient Services

  6. Curative Outpatient Services

  7. Family Planning

  8. Growth Monitoring and Promotion

  9. HIV Counselling and Testing

  10. Rural Health Training Centre / Rural Health Demonstration Centre

  11. Tuberculosis Diagnosis

  12. Tuberculosis Labs


We in GEP have partnered with several medical facilities to offer the following electives:

•Medical Technology
•Physical Therapy
•Rural Experience