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5.00 (2 reviews)
Kijabe Road, Kijabe, Kenya
Kijabe Road Kijabe Nakuru KE
Hospital type

Level 4 church hospital, which functions as a secondary referral centre, governed by the Africa Inland Church in Kenya, located in Kijabe Mission Station on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley, situated 7500 feet above sea level.

Very comprehensive website, giving full information about the hospital at this link.

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Hospital Facilities

Inpatient services include General Medicine, Surgery (General, plastic reconstructive and hand, orthopaedic, neurosurgery), a 5-bed Intensive Care (ICU), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Neonatal care. Kijabe Hospital is also a paediatric surgical centre, in partnership with BethanyKids, a Christian charity providing paediatric surgery services for a wide range of neurosurgical, urological and neonatal conditions.
The hospital’s outpatient department attends to about 450 patients daily and comprises a 24-hour Casualty department and general clinics. There is also a Maternal and Child Health clinic and other specialty clinics in diabetes, plastic reconstructive and hand surgery, orthopaedics, general surgery, tuberculosis, gynaecology, ophthalmology, ENT, dental and HIV/AIDS.
The hospital has a 9-unit operating theatre, physiotherapy unit, pathology department, clinical support services (radiology, clinical laboratory and blood banking services) and a chaplaincy department.
AIC Kijabe Hospital is made up of 729 Staff, which includes expatriate missionaries mainly from the US. 378 (56%) of these staff members are health care professionals ranging from medical doctors to various other degree and diploma trained health professionals. There are 90 administrative positions (13%) and 215 (31%) support staff.
The hospital has 44 doctors of which 32 are consultants with specialty training. 16 of the consultants are expatriates, 13 of whom are from the U.S. The remaining 16 are African Consultants. The recruitment of expatriates is mainly done through missionary agencies, primarily located in the USA. The recruitment process ensures that only experienced and qualified candidates are recruited in order to further train and educate African medical professionals to an exceptionally high standard.

Additional Comments

The hospital fees are kept low, made possible by donated services of missionaries (medical and non-medical) and overseas donations. The hospital supports community-based health care facilities in surrounding villages/towns. There is also a Newborn Community Health Project which aims to educate communities on neonatal and maternal health. Kijabe Hospital is part of the AIDSRelief Programme which offers free HIV/AIDS care in Kijabe and in 5 other mobile clinics.
Kijabe Hospital is a training hospital for the medical internship program and for postgraduate training. There are also medical elective opportunities for medical students and overseas doctors to gain experience in the hospital. There is also a school of nursing and a two-year post-graduate program for Kenyan dentists. Conferences are held daily, in the mornings and lunchtime as part of Continuing Medical Education (CME).

Specialties required

Doctors in all medical specialties (including radiology and pathology) and elective students are welcome. For doctors who are interested in applying to work in Kijabe Hospital, a medical license from the Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ board is required, which are valid for the year in which one applies. (ie if license is applied in June 2012, the validity lasts till December 2012) An application for work permit is also necessary. To minimise delays, it is advised to apply 4-6 months in advance.
Medical students have to apply through Africa Inland Mission UK.


The hospital is in a rural area an hour’s drive north away from Nairobi, accessible by public transport.


Visiting doctors and medical students are housed in one of the guesthouses located within 5 minutes of the hospital. Guesthouses are equipped with most basic amenities.

Length of stay

Short term (0-3 months), especially for medical electives, medium term (4-12 months), long term (>12 months)

Visa Requirements

For all non-East Africans, a visitors/tourist visa at the airport immigration desk before entering the country. For more information, visit

Other Information

Medical student elective information and application:
Medical student elective information and application:
Tom Lott
Short Term Coordinator
AIM International, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN
0115 9838120

Kijabe Hospital contacts:
General information:

For doctors: Tabitha Muiruri, medical staff coordinator

For students: Loise Muindi, medical education director admin assistant

Telephone Number: +254 712 504 056 (landline)
+254 0733-779994, +254 0712-504051 (mobile)


Sam Jerram

I did a six week elective at Kijabe Hospital in the spring of 2009 – just after finals. It was a fantastic experience, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for hands on experience in a well run hospital in a rural area. I spent my time on the general medicine wards, where I worked alongside the (Kenyan) house officer. I was always well supported, but had many opportunities to get directly involved in patient care, as well as exposure to a huge range of illnesses and pathologies. I was also part of the on-call rota (covering A&E and the wards at night), which although terrifying at first was certainly a great learning experience.

The hospital itself is in an amazing location, half way down a steep hillside with the entire rift valley stretching out in front of you. It is also well positioned for weekend visits to nearby national parks etc. Both the expat staff (many of whom have been there for several years) and the local doctors were very welcoming and friendly, and there were lots of opportunities for heading off to see some of Kenya’s breathtaking natural beauty.

Wednesday night football at an altitude of 2200m was also an interesting experience!

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Su-Ann Yeoh

I did my medical electives in AIC Kijabe Hospital from March to May 2012. I divided my time between general medicine, surgery, paediatrics and AIDSRelief, acting as an extra pair of hands in the team and getting involved in the decision-making process of the team. The medical staff and multidisciplinary team were very supportive and very keen to teach. With expatriate healthcare professionals volunteering alongside Kenyan doctors, the hospital is a platform for skill-sharing and learning how medicine is practised internationally from each other.

The local and expatriate community in Kijabe are very welcoming and there are various opportunities for visitors to visit them and get to know them. The long-term missionaries in Kijabe organise dessert nights every Monday and that is a perfect opportunity to meet other visitors. Kijabe is a small village and for a change of scenery, visitors can go on day trips to tourist attractions such as Mount Longonot, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru or Nairobi, which are located within a hour to two hours’ drive from Kijabe.

I really enjoyed my electives there and I would definitely recommend AIC Kijabe Hospital to elective students or healthcare professionals.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at and I will be happy to help!

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