Location: Kijabe, Kenya
AIC Kijabe Hospital is a non-profit teaching hospital located about an hour outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The 350-bed facility is one of the more sophisticated hospitals in the region and draws patients, clinicians and students from all of East Africa for treatment and education.
Health eVillages supports the Kijabe Hospital’s Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist (KRNA) Program, an intensive 18-month competency based training in anesthesia, currently educating nurses from Kenya, South Sudan and Somaliland. Upon their graduation, many of these individuals will return to their home countries as some of the first and only trained anesthetists in their communities. As of 2017, over 70 tablets have been provided to graduates of this program which include a digitized medical text library of 20+ anesthesiology related resources. Early reports have identified over 1,100 individual cases in which the graduates of this program have indicated that they used their tablets in preparation for surgery, or during the surgery itself.
Several devices also remain in active use at Kijabe hospital. Reports of device utilization highlight surgery that saved an infant, which was made possible by using information from Health eVillages resources.