CURE Kenya: An Inside Look At How Kijabe Hospital Is Impacting Lives Of Kenyan Children

The Kijabe Hospital is a renown level 6 hospital located in the chilly Rift Valley area of Kijabe. The hospital is an answered prayer for most people, especially those seeking specialized care on orthopedics, cleft lip surgeries, vasectomy and even prosthetics.

The Hospital also has programs that offer free medical surgeries for children under its sister medical facility, CURE International, located within its premises. In 1998, CURE International, in cooperation with the African Inland Church (AIC), opened the AIC-CURE International Hospital in Kijabe.

Along with being CURE’s first hospital, CURE Kenya was Africa’s first orthopedic pediatric teaching hospital for children with physical disabilities. According to information on the hospital website, the 52-bed hospital provides care for children with a wide range of orthopedic conditions, such as clubfoot, knock knees, bow legs, burn contractures, osteomyelitis, and other acquired or congenital conditions.

The hospital also conducts mobile clinics to identify children in remote areas who can be treated at the hospital and to provide follow-up care for those who have received surgery.

Every 1st Wednesday of the Month is cleft lip and palate clinic at the AIC Kijabe Hospital. The hospital’s cleft care team has diverse specialists comprising of otolaryngologists, orthodontics, paediatric surgeons, plastic surgeon and audiologists among others who review patients affected by this condition.

All Cleft surgeries at our Hospital are free of charge for these children, funded by the Smile Train and NHIF (Pre-authorization).

Babies with cleft lips often choke on milk, which can lead to poor feeding, causing severe malnutrition, stunted growth and even death. However, with the free surgery program at Kijabe, babies are given a chance at life, to live a full and healthy life.

After the cleft lip and palate are rectified, the confidence of parents and children is boosted as the cosmetic element of the face that was lacking is reinstated.

Follow-up clinics include speech therapy to help children through the talking stage. To this end, speech therapists at the hospital organize a week-long camp where the patients are taken through structures of speech and how to articulate sounds.