Surgical Training Program
In 2007 BethanyKids became the first site in East Africa for training pediatric surgeons accredited by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). This training program is also the first specialty training program under the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeon (PAACS), which ensures that the professional training is coupled with spiritual discipleship.
The physicians who train at BethanyKids come from as far away as Madagascar and Sierra Leone, and many of them are returning to their home as the first pediatric surgeons in their country. BethanyKids’ commitment to training local pediatric surgeons has a chance to impact tens of thousands of people that currently do not have access to this kind of care.
DR. ALAIN JULES NDIBANJI
Dr. Alain Jules Ndibanje is a general surgeon from Rwanda. He did his medical studies at the University of Rwanda and finished his Masters of Medicine in General Surgery in July 2015. Since graduation, he has mainly been working in the pediatric surgery unit at Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK). One of his colleagues, Edmond Ntaganda who completed a three-year fellowship at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital in 2016, recommended the fellowship program to Dr. Alain.
Dr. Alain arrived in Kenya to begin his three-year fellowship program in pediatric surgery in 2017. He chose to enrol in the program because he liked the fact that it was both Christian in nature and strong in reputation. He wanted to focus on pediatric surgery because during his time at CHUK it became ever more apparent, that children require specialty training in order to meet their surgical needs. He hopes to return to Rwanda upon completion of the program.
DR. BETHLEEN WAISIKO
Throughout Bethleen’s undergraduate education at the University of Nairobi she had a particular interest in surgical training. She learned about BethanyKids during her internship at Kijabe Hospital and admired the mentorship, work ethic and teamwork demonstrated by the team. It was then she decided to pursue pediatric surgery training through BethanyKids if the opportunity was given to her.
Dr. Waisiko spent a year as a general practitioner at Gertrude’s Hospital in Nairobi. Then, as she entered the 5-year BethanyKids training program in January 2019 she commented, “I look forward to training and growing grounded in surgical knowledge and skills in a Christ-centered, compassion-driven approach. It is my desire that my life and work during my training and practice as a pediatric surgeon will bring glory to God and be a blessing to those that I serve.”