Friends of Kijabe

World-class Healthcare in the Developing World
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For the Poor

The best medical and surgical resources in East Africa for patients unable to pay.

For the Future

World-class training for nurses, clinical officers, anesthetists, and surgeons.

For You

You have a key role to play in God’s mission to the world.

Understand the Need

The annual budget for Kijabe Hospital is approximately $10 million.
200,000 outpatients

20,000 inpatients

10,000 surgeries

30 consultant physicians

25 medical interns

150 annual international visitors

20 surgery residents/fellows

75% of Kenyans are at risk of impoverishing expense by a catastrophic medical event.

50% of patients have national health insurance, which usually covers 80% of a hospitalization.

15% – NHIF disbursements for delivery services do not fully subsidize the cost, Kijabe loses 15% on each delivery.

0% – By AIC church regulations, Kijabe Hospital is not allowed to take out loans for capital projects.

$500,000 is lost each year in unpaid debt incurred by patients who do not have financial resources to pay.
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800+ staff need salary increase of 20-40% in 2018 to meet Kenyan national averages.
Virtually every hospital in America depends on charitable fundraising measures, Kenya is no different in this respect.

The difference between Kenya and America, in Kenya a gift goes 50-100x farther!

Recurring gifts, short-term visits, long-term international missions add sustainability and move available medical resources forward in measurable ways.

You can make a huge difference.

Current Project: Theatre Expansion

Why is Surgery a Priority?

With 50 surgeons sharing 8 operating theaters and a waiting list of up to a year for orthopedic and plastic surgery, Kijabe desperately needs to expand theatre capacity.   7 additional operating theaters, educational and storage space will be added with a build-time of two years.  Read more about the project details and how this fits into the Kijabe 2018-2022 strategic plan.

Why Friends of Kijabe?

I was never one to venture into international volunteer work, but I realized it wasn’t as big a hurdle as I thought.

Helping the patients is good, but getting to know the people working at Kijabe has become opportunity to support not only the hospital, but our friends and colleagues in the medical community. Dr. John Axelson

Oncologist, Friends of Kijabe Board

Looking at the history of what Kijabe has been and where it is today, the places it’s been through, and what has been happening at the hospital in the few years I have been here, one thing is apparent, Kijabe must have been set up with God’s mission at the purpose at the center of it.

Every day, there are patients whose lives are permanently changed because of what we do, and somehow it seems this happens in spite of us!  We look at the big picture and see that God is still at work, his work will still go on. People are coming, needy patients are coming, people in distress from physical or spiritual conditions. Our job as physicians is to look at this and choose to be a part of this.

Dr. Chege Macharia

Head and Neck Surgeon, Kijabe Hospital

I see and experience God in real, tangible ways here.  I don’t think I had to leave the US to experience that, but it is making an intentional choice to follow where you think God is leading.  

Seeing what He is doing in Kijabe.  Hearing the stories of where this hospital started over a hundred years ago, the improbabilities of it being what it is today, seeing so many of my colleagues, what they are doing. . .witnessing these miraculous outcomes. 

Even yesterday I was giving exposure to an orthopaedic surgeon and neurosurgeon to the top of the spine through the mouth.  The patient comes in barely able to move and he’s going to leave being able to walk. To me that’s just miraculous. 

Being part of that is really, really fun.  It’s really compelling.  It’s what draws me in and keeps me here. 

Dr. David Nolen

ENT Surgeon, Kijabe Hospital

How Much Should You Give?

The average Friends of Kijabe donor gives $763 annually.  Here are suggestions based on stage of life.  Whatever you can give, we are grateful.

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100% of your donation goes directly to projects.