Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 39–45 | Cite as

Measurement of Technical Efficiency of Public Hospitals in Kenya: Using Data Envelopment Analysis

  • Joses M. Kirigia
  • Ali EmrouznejadEmail author
  • Luis G. Sambo


In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), there is a huge knowledge gap of health facilities performance. The objective of this study is to measure relative technical efficiencies of 54 public hospitals in Kenya using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) technique. 14 (26%) of the public hospitals were found to be technically inefficient. The study singled out the inefficient hospitals and provided the magnitudes of specific input reductions or output increases needed to attain technical efficiency.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joses M. Kirigia
    • 1
  • Ali Emrouznejad
    • 2
    Email author
  • Luis G. Sambo
    • 1
  1. 1.World Health Organisation, Regional Office for Africa, Medical SchoolParirenyatwa HospitalHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Operational Research and Systems, Warwick Business SchoolWarwick UniversityCoventryEngland

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