Kenya Medical Association (KMA) is a voluntary membership organization open to all medical and dental practitioners registered in the Republic of Kenya. Founded in 1968, KMA's main objectives include promoting the practice of medicine in Kenya. The Association has grown in size and structure and currently it has over 2,000 members
Brief history of Kenya Medical Association (KMA)
In the colonial times there were three separate medical associations, for Asians and European doctors initially and later for African doctors. However unlike most aspects of life then, there was a meeting point for all doctors under the umbrella of British Medical Association (BMA), Kenya branch. That this was not a token is illustrated by the fact that the late Dr. K.V. Adalja represented the Kenya branch of British Medical Association at 1953 Commonwealth Medical Association conference in Cardiff, United Kingdom. He was also the first non European President of British Medical Association, Kenya Branch in 1958 - 1959.
About the time of independence came the Medical Association of Kenya, uniting the three medical associations, this then developed into the present Kenya Medical Association. There were no KMA divisions until 1973, when at the instigation of the constitution was changed to allow the formation of regional divisions, each requiring a minimum of 25 members. The first divisions were Nairobi, Coast, Rift Valley and Kisumu, (then Western Kenya) with the latest division being Garissa which was launched in September 2006 bringing the count of division now to 15. Initially Nairobi division was combined and administered with the National Secretariat before separating the function as an individual division.
Nairobi has several committees including Continuing Medical Education, Social, HIV/AIDS, Medical Camps and Road Safety. Lecture meetings are organised for members periodically.
KMA's first premises were offices rented in the Professional Centre commencing the late seventies. Until then Council meetings were usually held in the office of the then current Chairman. The present premises were acquired on concessionary terms from the Government in 1985.
KMA was a major player in the formation of the Africa Medical Association after Medical Association in Africa left the World Medical Association in protest at the readmission of the Medical Association of the then Apartheid South Africa. KMA has Cordial relationship with other medical Associations particularly regional, Common-wealth, British and Indian Medical Association as well as with the Ministry of Health and Medical Practitioners and Dentists' Board.
- To promote the practice of medicine in Kenya
- To uphold high standards of medical ethics and conduct
- To advise the Government, other medical bodies and the general public on matters related to health
- To promote the welfare of doctors
- To maintain the honor and interests of the medical profession.
- To support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through periodic publications, seminars and scientific conferences.
- To liaise with other medical associations around the world.
Any registered medical or dental practitioner in Kenya is eligible to join KMA. This can be done by obtaining a Membership Registration Form from KMA Headquarters or the nearest KMA Division. You can also
KMA Nairobi Division Activities
- Recruitments of new members
- Supply family planning contraceptives to members
- Organize CME for Members
- Organize annual events for the division such as Annual General Meetings, Scientific Conference Symposiums and Dinner Dances.
For more information on KMA contact us through:
Kenya Medical Association
Junction of Chyulu/Mara Roads, Opp. Visa Place in Upper Hill
P.O. Box 48502 - 00100 GPO
Tel: (20) 271499, 0722 275695
Fax: (20) 2717170