AIC-CURE Children's Hospital

Kijabe, Kenya

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Mission Organization
Africa Inland Church (AIC) – CURE International

AIC-CURE Children's Hospital is one of the leading specialty hospitals in East Africa. AIC-CURE is a 30-bed, pediatric orthopedic hospital devoted to serving the physically disabled children of Kenya as well as training new Kenya orthopedic surgeons. The hospital originally opened in 1998 as AIC Bethany Crippled Children’s Centre of Kenya. The hospital name was changed in early 2006 to AIC-CURE International Children's Hospital (AIC-CURE) to better reflect the partnership between Africa Inland Church and CURE International and the scope of its services.

AIC-CURE was built and is managed by Cure International of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. CURE is one of the largest international providers of surgical and rehabilitation services for children in developing countries. AIC-CURE was built as a collaborative effort between CURE and the African Inland Church (AIC) in order to serve both the medical and spiritual needs of children in Kenya. The primary medical goal of AIC-CURE is provide “first world” quality care to the children of Kenya, and also to teach Kenyan physicians and nurses in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. AIC-CURE provides Orthopedic, Plastic and ENT surgery to children 18 and younger. Children with clubfoot, polio, effects from TB of the spine, congenital conditions such as scoliosis and osteogenesis imperfecta and burn contractures are served at the hospital. In addition, three times a year a team of ENT specialists from the U.S. visit the hospital to teach cases such as cleft lip and palates. In 2004, Dr. Dick Bransford moved the hydrocephalus and neurosurgery patients over to Kijabe Hospital, opening a new unit called Bethany Kids at Kijabe Hospital. This has enabled AIC-CURE to focus primarily on orthopedic patients, while hydrocephalus patients are still able to receive care.

Fly by commercial airline to Nairobi; drive approximately an hour to Kijabe (60 km down a steep, winding, narrow, but paved road off the main Nairobi/Nakuru highway).
Time Difference
7 hours daylight saving time; +8 hours Eastern Standard Time
AIC-CURE is located about 60 km north of Nairobi. The altitude is 7,200 feet up on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley, which extends from the Sea of Galilee to Zimbabwe.
The hospital currently serves diverse groups of people from across the country, guided by the activities of the mobile clinics.
Swahili and English are the official languages of Kenya, although local tribal dialects are also spoken. All medical staff speak English fluently, and nurses and guardians provide translation to Swahili or other dialects. Medical records are written in English.
The population is primarily Christian (Protestant and Catholic), although some of the more remote tribes practice animism and spirit worship. Muslims and Hindus comprise a smaller portion of the religious community.
Kijabe is a Masai word meaning “Place of the Winds.” Although strong winds regularly appear, there are periods of calm on most days. The high altitude makes for generally pleasant days (about 80F) and cool, windy nights (about 55F). There are two rainy seasons: the long rains (March–June) & the short rains (October–December). There can be a lot of mud in the rainy seasons. June–Aug. can be quite cool. December–March is the driest and hottest season.
Housing is in modern, comfortable homes, duplexes, or apartments which have kitchen equipment, hot water, and electricity. The housing is simply furnished, secure, and near the hospital. The number of rooms varies. Daily housing costs cover electricity, water, security, appliances, and furniture. The Pathology Department has its own house for visiting and/or resident pathologists.
Be prepared to make your own meals, buy your own food, etc. Meals are not provided at the hospital. Most basic items (including fresh foods) that would be available in a modest U.S. grocery store can be found in Nairobi. There is little access to convenience foods. Your first few dinners after arrival will be with other staff.
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