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CPGH is the second largest government hospital in Kenya and serves as the tertiary referral centre for the entire coast region. It is situated on the North bank of the island of Mombasa in the Makadara district. The hospital itself is a large, well-ventilated but sadly neglected building with a very picturesque view of the harbour.

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Hospital Facilities

This a busy teaching hospital for doctors, nurses, clinical officers and various other university courses. There are some 800 staff members including 25 very elusive consultants and some 45 medical officers. It has four medical, three surgical and three paediatric wards. There are several theatres, ITU facilities and an orthopaedics department. There is also a separate Obstetrics and Gynaecology department, combined with a renovated Millennium Labour Ward and obstetric theatres. Many specialist clinics for TB, HIV, etc. are run within the hospital. There is a CT scanner and dialysis unit. The A&E department is overwhelmingly busy 24 hours a day but has its own pharmacy and lab.

Additional Comments

This is a very challenging clinical setting in which to work. Often there is ‘nothing to be done’ for a multitude of reasons – whether a lack of resources, facilities, expertise or money. There is no running water and electricity only part of the time. It is advisable to take your own equipment, gloves and scrubs.

Specialties required

There is a need for specialists in all fields. There is also a huge requirement for specialist teaching and nurse training. Elective students are more than welcome; however, supervision is very limited and there is no programme to follow or support provided. There is collaboration with a Belgian University, which sends fourth year students for up to three months at a time.


The hospital is some 15km from Moi International Airport. Mombasa is easy and safe enough to travel through alone by day but the roads are busy and it can be quite overwhelming to begin with. A taxi from the airport is recommended.


No accommodation is provided or recommended by the hospital. However, many volunteers visit and so there are many apartments in Old Town and houses/hostels in Nyali district available.

Length of stay

Any length requested is accepted. However, at least a month spent rotating through different departments would be recommended

Visa Requirements

Please research exactly which visa is required for your intended travel/work plans.Visa information is available at 

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Irene Mandare

I would encourage anyone who wants a very challenging experience in a beautiful coastal location with a real immersion into traditional African/Swahili culture to seriously consider a placement here. Like most who travel to Africa, I have been well and truly “bitten by the African bug” and I cannot wait to go back!

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For information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – Caroline Venner: – or contact through AMECA.

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