Why Is Anesthesia Critical to Safe Surgery in Africa?

The need for anesthesiologists in East and Central Africa – and in many other areas of the world –  is mind-boggling.  The recommended number of anesthesiologists per 100,000 of population is 5. In Kenya there are 0.43/100,000 of population. In other East and Central African countries, the numbers are even lower. In Burundi there are currently 7 anesthesiologists for a country of 11 million people. And there are currently no physician anesthesiology programs in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Congo, Niger, Togo, Liberia, Somalia, Chad, or Guinea!

Why Kijabe/Friends of Kijabe?

The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)anesthesiology council is preparing to launch the first PAACS anesthesiology residency program in January of 2021 at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. Our vision is for this program to multiply over time to other sites transforming anesthesia care in every corner of Africa.

AIC Kijabe hospital was chosen as an ideal site for the launch of the initial PAACS anesthesiology residency program as it is already a site for other PAACS training programs, has a large surgical volume, and is currently staffed by Dr. Mark Newton, Dr. Rodger Barnette, and Dr. Greg Sund.  These three anesthesiologists will be serving full-time in Kijabe, have broad experience in providing care in under-resourced areas, and have sub-specialty certification in pediatric anesthesia (Dr. Newton), critical care medicine (Dr. Barnette), and cardiothoracic anesthesia (Dr. Sund). 

Friends of Kijabe is the U.S. based non-profit partner of Kijabe Hospital, already involved in fundraising for surgical projects including expansion of the Kijabe Operating theatre complex.  The organization is happy to be a conduit for funding as needed to support Anesthesiology Residency at Kijabe, to facilitate communications, and leverage available Kijabe resources.  

Funds raised will be used as advised by the PAACS Anesthesiology council, whether passed directly to PAACS or disbursed to Kijabe Hospital for program support.

The first $50,000 donated is eligible to be matched.

Why Does Faith Matter?

The PAACS anesthesiology council has laid a solid foundation by creating a robust program and curriculum, which will ensure that graduating residents are thoroughly trained in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and all of the sub-specialties of anesthesiology – as well as in hospital management and leadership development. This program willbe the first Christian-based anesthesiology residency program in Africa. The council is working with PAACS to create a robust accompanying program of spiritual discipleship and development.  

We believe caring for the poor and needy throughout the world, and training others to do the same, is a vital way of serving our Lord. We pray He will be glorified by the African anesthesiologists who will be trained at Kijabe – as they love and follow Christ, as they care for the sick, and as they grow to become leaders in their churches and communities across Africa.


Dr. Rodger Barnette

Temple University

Critical Care

Dr. Mark Newton

Vanderbilt University


Dr. Greg Sund




The Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons was started in 1996 by Dr. David Thompson, a missionary surgeon in rural Gabon.  The mission of PAACS  has been to train and disciple African surgeons to glorify God and provide excellent, compassionate care to those most in need.  PAACS currently has 10 training sites throughout Africa. Every year PAACS enrolls African doctors who desire to become surgeons and serve in rural parts of the continent, often where they will be the only surgeon for millions of people.

AIC Kijabe Hospital is a PAACS training site for General Surgery, Orthopaedic, and Pediatric Surgery, and created the Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist training program under Kijabe College of Health Sciences.  

How Can You Help?

The cost per resident is $25,000 per year. Year one will be two residents, then ramp up to a total of six.  

Would you make a monthly gift, annual pledge, or endow a resident?

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