AIC Kijabe Hospital was founded in 1915 and is a 280-bed multi-specialty facility in rural Kenya. Nestled in a small village on the eastern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, this African mission hospital has grown to provide an extraordinary range and quality of services to some of the most vulnerable patients in Africa.
The hospital’s services include: emergency/casualty care, outpatient department, pediatrics, maternal and child health, obstetrics and gynecology, a large HIV/AIDS/TB clinic, and extensive surgical services. Surgical services include general surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric and adult neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Incongruously, this rural hospital has become one of the leading training centers in East Africa. Licensed training programs mentor the future leaders of medicine in East Africa and beyond. Programs include medical and clinical officer internships, five-year residencies in both general surgery and orthopedic surgery, fellowships in pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, and soon reconstructive plastic surgery.
Kijabe Hospital hosts a ground breaking flagship anesthetist program, training Kenyan nurses to become nurse anesthetists. This fulfills a critical need for well-trained anesthesia providers in Africa. This program has recently been extended from Kenyan trainees to trainees from South Sudan, a country with very little surgical capacity. In addition, 2014 will see the inauguration of a certified Family Practice residency to address the severe lack of highly trained primary care providers in East Africa.