AIC-CURE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, KIJABE, KENYA

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Mission Organization: Africa Inland Church (AIC) – CURE International

Specialties Needed: PDAN, PDORS, PS

Profile: 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 Harrisburg, PA, 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, twice a year a team of ENT specialists from the US 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 allowed for AIC-CURE to focus primarily on orthopedic patients, while hydrocephalus patients are still able to receive care.

Travel: Fly by commercial airline to Nairobi; drive approximately 1 hour to Kijabe (6 km down a steep, winding, narrow, but paved road off the main Nairobi/Nakuru highway).

Time Difference: 7 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), USA; +8 hours Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.

Location: 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.

People: The largest group of people served by AIC-CURE are the Kikuyus, although the number of Masai, Somali, and Sudanese patients has recently increased

Language: Swahili and English are the official languages of Kenya although local tribal dialects are also spoken. All medical staff speak English fluently, and nurses provide translation to Swahili or Kikuyu. Medical records are written in English.

Religion: 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.

Climate: 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 80 F) and cool, windy nights (about 55 F). 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: 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.

Food: 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 US grocery store can be found as the local Rift Valley Academy Arcade or in Nairobi. There is little access to convenience foods. Your first few dinners after arrival will be with other staff.

For More Information: Contact Mary Everett by email or by phone at: (828) 278-1177.

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