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Traditional birth attendants deliver most of the babies born in Kenya – up to 75% in some regions (33).

Regulatory Situation

Traditional medicine started being incorporated into Kenya’s national health policy framework in the late 1970s. Kenya’s Development Plan 1989-1993 (34) recognized traditional medicine and made a commitment to promoting the welfare of traditional medicine practitioners. The Ministry of Health and provincial authorities require the registration of traditional medicine practitioners.

In 1999, Kenya’s patent law was revised to include protection for traditional medicines.

Education and Training

Traditional birth attendants participate in official training programs in some districts.