Registered Nurse Anesthesia

AIC Kijabe has trained 130+ nurse anesthetists to work in rural areas of Kenya and South Sudan where access to safe surgery is limited.  KRNA was created at Kijabe, is accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya, and offered through Kijabe College of Health Sciences.

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Anesthesia Provider Training

Kijabe Hospital is an external partner site for the first Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program implemented through the University of Nairobi with support from the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA). Started in 2014, Kijabe has hosted fellows from Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC and anesthesia providers from South Sudan,  Cameroon and Somaliland for short term internships programs at Kijabe.

Training Tools

Using an offline Learning Management System transmitted via WiFi signal we provide a platform for both trainers and students to access books, lectures and videos they can use to review the course content before and after the actual lectures. In addition to this, we offer the finest simulation center in East Africa as a tool for training all our anesthesia students.


Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist graduates


South Sudanese Anesthetists trained with support from HSO/AMHF


Number of anesthesia providers for Kenyan population of 46 million.
1 to 153,000 people.


American anesthesia providers for a population of 360 million.
1 to 3600 people.


African nations from which trainees have come to study at Kijabe.


Fully responsive mannequins at Kijabe Hospital's simulation center.

The Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program (KRNA) trains Diploma level nurses to perform officially recognized anesthesia at a high level throughout rural East Africa.

The KRNA program began in the 1990s as an in-house program training nurses who already worked in theatre how to administer anesthesia. The program was the brainchild of Dr. Mark Newton, a consultant anesthesiologist. Dr. Newton, a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, had worked in various African countries including Kenya and had seen the Human Resource gap in the provision of safe anesthesia and critical care. It is for this reason that he began this training program with the full support from the management of AIC Kijabe Hospital to enhance the hospital’s internal capacity.

After more than ten years of this in-house training program, the Nursing Council of Kenya finally accredited the course. In 2007/08 the first formal KRNA class started. Since then, over 130 graduates have come through the formal training program offered through Kijabe College of Health Sciences and accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya. The majority of its graduates work in areas with the greatest need of anesthesia care providers i.e. rural Kenya, where access to surgical facilities including safe cesarean sections for mothers is limited.

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The program has grown to serve not only the Kenyan population but is looking forward to graduating the first class of South Sudanese trainees, in September 2014. This has been made possible through the sponsorship from Hospital Support Organization/African Mission Healthcare Foundation (who have provided scholarships to 45 South Sudan Nurses who will be trained between 2012-2017.

The program is also a beneficiary of a General Electric Foundation Grant that provides resources to train nurses from Western Kenya, conducting monitoring and evaluation of anesthesia care in Kenya, as well as setting up a simulation centre at AIC Kijabe Hospital. The grant is administered under the program known as, “Improving Perioperative and Anesthesia Care Training in Africa” (ImPACT Africa). This program is implemented in partnership with Vanderbilt University and the Centre for Public Health and Development. It seeks to improve the anesthesia training capacity at Kijabe Hospital as well as replicate the KRNA program in Western Kenya, in partnership with an academic institution.

The setting up of the simulation centre is a critical component of this grant. It will be the first of its kind in the region and will be a useful tool for providing skills training to various cadres of health workers. Simulation is a critical tool used to expose students to a wide range of learning scenarios of cases they are likely to encounter once they complete their training.

Can you help?  Medical textbooks are a key tool to enhance learning in the field of medicine. While access to information via the internet has been made possible, the need to hard copy textbooks remains key in teaching.  Do you have any copies of the following books that you are able to donate to our library?  If so, please email: mark.w.newton@Vanderbilt.Edu