AIC Kijabe Hospital Nairobi

The hospital was established in 1915 as a small outpatient clinic within the grounds of Rift Valley Academy, originally named Theodora Hospital and later renamed AIC Kijabe Hospital. AIC Kijabe Hospital celebrated its hundred (100) years in May 2015 and currently has a bed capacity of 363.   AIC Kijabe Hospital is a faith-based hospital sponsored by the Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kenya. It is situated in rural Kenya, about an hour’s drive from Nairobi towards Nakuru.  The hospital has continued to experience tremendous growth and change over the years. It is the largest of the five hospitals sponsored by the Africa Inland Church.    Together with forty-five dispensaries located throughout Kenya, they form a network that glorifies God through medical ministry. The hospital’s mission is to “Glorify God through compassionate health care provision, training and spiritual ministry in Christ Jesus.”  It has nine operating theater rooms, modern ICU, Dental, and Laboratory/ Pathology units.  The AIDS Relief unit provides free outpatient HIV/AIDS care and two satellite clinics (i.e. AIC Kijabe Naivsha Medical Centre and the AIC Marira Clinic) for qualified patients. A partnership with Bethany Relief Rehabilitation International (BRRI) provides pediatric surgical and neurosurgical care through the Bethany Kids of Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) division.

The desire to train nurses resulted in another building project in 1968, helping to meet government requirements for a school for Enrolled Community Nurses. The Kijabe School of Nursing was registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya in 1980 and officially commenced the training of Kenya Enrolled Community Health Nurses program (KECHN) Laboratory training was also started in 1970.  In 2000 the school commenced an upgrading training for KECHN and in 2004 started the basic training for KRCHN.  Subsequent programs were started in 2006 (KRNA) Kenya Registered Nurse Anaesthetists, Clinical Medicine in 2014, Peri-operative 2015 and last but not least Scrub Tech training in 2015/2016 intake.


Human Resources

AIC Kijabe employs nearly 800 staff.  30 consultant-level doctors are 50% Kenyan staff and 50% missionaries, whose donated services have enabled the hospital patient patient’s fees to be affordable.


Hospital’s Catchment Area:

AIC Kijabe Hospital is a level 5 tertiary referral center according to the  government design of health care services.  Because of its unique services and commitment to serve God through serving man, patients come from all over Kenya and neighboring countries.  However, Kijabe’s catchment area is considered as a radius of 30 kilometers from all sides off the hospital. A survey done in 2010 revealed that 37% of patients travel ≤ 40km and mainly come for primary health care.

Harvard GHD

AIC Kijabe was featured in a Harvard Cases in Global Health Delivery Study which outlines healthcare in Kenya, the history of Kijabe Hospital, Hospital Services, Structure, Education and Training Programs, Financing, and Growth Projections.


Medical Services



Maternal/Child Health

Maternal/Newborn Community Health Outreach







Palliative Care


Internal Medicine



Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal ICU

High Dependency (Step-down) Unit

Inpatient Physiotherapy

Inpatient Palliative Care


General Surgery

General Pediatric

Pediatric Neurosurgery


Plastic & Reconstructive


Ear, Nose, & Throat





Digital X-Ray




Emergency & Delivery Services 24/7 at Kijabe

Outpatient Services at Kijabe and Naivasha 24/7

Outpatient Services at Marira weekdays 9-5

Maternal & Child Health at Kijabe weekdays 9-5

Birth Services 24/7

Surgical Services scheduled after consultation with a doctor in clinic

General Surgery clinic on Monday/Thursday

Pediatric Surgery clinic on Tuesday

Pediatric Neurosurgery clinic on Wednesday

Orthopedic Surgery clinic on Wednesday

Gynecology clinic on Friday

Express Clinic

Kijabe hospital provides a consultant delivered express clinic within the hospital complex.  A Family Practice Consultant is available every day from 8.30am to 5pm for both routine and emergency appointments.   This doctor is able to manage most conditions and  is able to refer on to other members of the Kijabe consultant team as appropriate.

Surgical Services

Pediatric Surgery

The Bethany Kids pediatric surgery program at Kijabe Hospital provides pediatric surgical care for patients ranging in age from the newborn period up through adolescence.

The scope of conditions treated is broad and includes tumors, congenital conditions such as anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, intestinal atresias, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, cleft lip/palate, chest and lung anomalies, and undescended testes in addition to a host of other surgical conditions affecting children. We offer minimally invasive surgical options for many intraabdominal and intrathoracic conditions as well as intestinal and urinary endoscopy.

The team is comprised of consultants Dr. Hansen and Dr. Muma, working in conjunction with pediatric surgical trainees from all over Africa through the PAACS program.

General Surgery

Kijabe Hospital offers a broad spectrum of General Surgical Services, including the following:

  • Hernia repair
  • Management of conditions of the thyroid gland
  • Management of problems of the urinary tract, including stone disease and difficulty in urination.
  • General abdominal surgery including emergency care
  • Management of cancer of the skin, abdominal organs, genitourinary tract, and head and neck
  • Leg circulation and leg wound management
  • Management of breast conditions, including cancer
  • Repair of aneurysms of the abdominal aorta and other vascular conditions
  • Multidisciplinary management of complex trauma

Kijabe surgeons are available on-site 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to evaluate and treat acute conditions, including trauma, abscess, abdominal pain and other emergency conditions.  The General Surgery Service performs approximately 2,500 surgeries per year, about a quarter of the hospital’s 10,000 operations per year.

Department head is Dr. Bird, Kijabe veteran of 17 years, and includes consultants Dr. Davis, Dr. Barasa, Dr. Berg, and multiple general surgery residents.

Orthopaedic Surgery

AIC Kijabe Hospital operates one of the busiest orthopedic services in East Africa.  With patients referred from all over Kenya and many surrounding countries, Kijabe has become a major referral center for orthopedic problems. Patients seek care for severe injuries, birth defects, advanced arthritis, spine disorders, infections, and tumors.  The department includes three certified orthopedic consultants, orthopedic registrars, as well as specialized clinical officers and orthopedic nurses.  Several large clinics are held weekly to care for the patients.  Staffing is expanded through the regular rotation of visiting missionary surgeons from all over the globe.  The orthopedic department seeks to provide “Health Care to God’s Glory” while discipling the next generation of leaders in the field.

Department head is Dr. Muchiri, long-time Kijabe Orthopedic specialist.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Bethany Kids pediatric neurosurgery service at Kijabe Hospital is the only pediatric neurosurgical center in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.  Treatable disorders include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, head injuries, spasticity and movement disorders, encephaloceles, tethered spinal cords and spinal cord injuries.

Ear, Nose, Throat

ENT offers treatment for problems due to birth defects, accident/injury, and cancers.  Common surgeries include foreign body removal, tonsillectomy, septoplasty.  Dr. Nolen, head of ENT department, completed a fellowship in facial-plastic surgery and serves at Kijabe as part of the Samaritan’s Purse post-residency program.


The plastic and reconstructive surgery department is led by Dr. Nthumba, who has served at Kijabe for 20 years.  Treatments include burn care and repair of scarring due to injury.


Special ophthalmology services offered at AIC Kijabe Hospital include:

• Screening of all eye problems
• Diabetic retinopathy
• Refraction services
• Provision of Spectacles
• Eye surgery including: Cataract surgery, Trachoma surgery, Corneal repair, Conjunctiva mass excision, AC washout, and all other anterior segment surgeries.
• Children are screened for congenital cataract, Retinoblastoma, Strabismus/squints, amongst other eye conditions.

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