Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) has been in existence for more than 100 years, having been established in the early 1900s to cater for the health needs of the workers at the then port town of Kisumu. Since then it has grown to become the referral hospital serving more than 100 district and sub-district hospitals in more than 10 counties in the Western Kenya Region. Its main mandate is to provide curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health services.
The main mandate of JOOTRH is to provide curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health services. It offers specialized clinical services in various disciplines. It serves as a centre for research activities, training for medical students and health workers. The hospital has a total of 880 staff: consisting of 492 regular staff, 107 from partners, 140 casual/contract, 141 outsourced services.
JOOTRH has had an eventful history, which continues to influence its present status. Its inception was largely influenced by the high presence of malaria and other diseases in the then Port Florence, which necessitated the creation of a facility to cater for the Black population. Due to racial segregation reminiscent of the colonial era, Victoria Hospital was established in 1932 to cater for the White population.