Health Worker (Auxiliary)

The position of an auxiliary health worker was created to meet the chronic shortage of skilled health workers.

Auxiliary health workers serve the community on a voluntary basis or can work for large hospitals or clinics.

An auxiliary health worker is taught basic patient-care skills such as simple massage, dispensing non-prescription medicines and giving nutritional advice. They may provide assistance to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other medical professionals.


  • large hospitals and clinics

  • physiotherapists, as an assistant physiotherapist

  • occupational therapists, as an assistant occupational therapist

Getting Started

  • try to obtain part-time or vacation work, or volunteer to work in a hospital, clinic or other health care facility to see whether you would enjoy this type of work

  • talk to a health worker about this career

  • obtain as much experience as possible working with people


Aga Khan University, Aga Khan University (Tanzania), Anglican University College of Technology, Boland TVET College, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Chuka University, College of Cape Town , Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Egerton University, Embu University College, Foundation for Professional Development, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Kabarak University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kirinyaga University College, Kisii University, Life Healthcare Group, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mediclinic, Meru University of Science and Technology, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, North-West University, Pwani University College, Regent Business School, South Eastern Kenya University, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, Umma University, University for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Kabianga, University of Nairobi, University of Rwanda, University of Swaziland, Uzima University College, Welwitchia Health Training Centre

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