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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. Including both current trainees and our graduates, we’re already impacting the quality of pediatric care in 10 different countries. 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.

“Alone, I am not the answer. Training these surgeons will outlast anything I could do on my own and ensures that pediatric surgical care will continue for years to come.”

– Dr. Britney Grayson, Faculty

Our graduates self-identify as Christian missionaries and share our values of sacrificial and unconditional love – so they are not just returning home for a job, they are returning home to pioneer pediatric programs to transform the lives of children who otherwise would have very little chances in life.

Dr. Betheleen Waisiko

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.”

Dr. Catherine Jackson-Cole

Dr. Catherine Jackson-Cole was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and has already worked with BethanyKids surgeon Dr. Lebbie. She is delighted to be joining the BethanyKids program and committing herself to pediatric surgery.

Dr. Dimingo Gomez

Dr. Dimingo Gomez is a Gambian surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Kijabe and is excited to stay in Kenya and begin his fellowship program with BethanyKids in 2022. He is married to Jankey, also from the Gambia and together they have a three year old son Edward.

He is excited to join the BethanyKids family and wishes there was a way to meet all the supporters who make this work possible.

Dr. Emmanuel Bua

Dr. Emmanuel is our first trainee to train under our training program in Uganda. Part of his passion for pursuing pediatric surgery is knowing how many children fall through the cracks who’s lives could have been saved with access to a good pediatric surgeon. He is an active researcher and has focused his research on barriers to safe surgery in low and middle income countries, social justice, equity, medical education and innovation in medicine.

Dr. Isaac Wekesa Wanjala

Dr. Isaac is the oldest of three children and before coming to train with BethanyKids was a medical officer at Webuye County Hospital.

He has long loved working with kids and knew he wanted to specialise in paediatric surgery since he studied general surgery. He hopes to lead by example and bring more paediatric surgeons into the western regions of Kenya.

Dr. James Anya

Dr. James’ path has not been an easy one, growing up in the midst of civil war where, as children, he and his siblings were recruited as soldiers. But when his mother became partially paralyzed and he was supporting her in hospital, those around him quickly realised his gifts and potential to become a doctor himself. Getting into elementary school, high school and even medical school was never easy, but his faith and his desire to care for others carried him through to 2023 where he joined the BethanyKids’ paediatric surgical fellowship.

Dr. Marlene Ishimwe

Dr. Marlene had a passion for surgery from an early age. She worked hard to meet the standards required to get into medical school and qualified to attend Hope Africa University in Bujumbura, Burundi. At this institution she fully embraced what she described as her divine purpose for her life as she began the path to study children’s medicine. She will be one of the few paediatric surgeons in her home country of Burundi when she returns to practise.


Dr. Mehret Enaro

Dr. Mehret Enaro has sensed she was to work in medicine since she was in high school. She moved to our training centre in Kenya in 2019 having been introduced to BethanyKids in her home country of Ethiopia by Dr. Frehun. Dr. Frehun is a former trainee in the program and now leads BethanyKids in Ethiopia. Seeing the results of Dr. Frehun’s ministry has fueled a growing passion within her for pediatric surgery.

Dr. Minyali Lomnyaki

Dr. Minyali grew up grazing cattle in a rural Massai community in Tanzania and first heard of BethanyKids through another pediatric surgical fellow. He has been impressed seeing the way BethanyKids integrates our faith in Jesus into our surgical practice. Seeing the number of children in his home country of Tanzania who lack access to a trained pediatric surgeon has motivated Dr. Minyali to prepare himself so that he might be a resource to the many who need care.


Dr. Muse Freneh

Dr. Muse Freneh is from a small town in Ethiopia. He completed a 2 year MCS program through the PAACS program in Sodoo Hospital and has always wanted to join the BethanyKids pediatric fellowship program, so is so excited that that dream is finally coming true.

Dr. Nicholas Mumbetsa

Dr. Nicholas served in a rural part of his home country of Kenya as a medical officer before joining BethanyKids as a surgical fellow. During his time in Kwale county he saw first hand how few children would get access to necessary surgical care because of the profound lack of access. He’s excited to train with BethanyKids, and become part of the solution to the problems he saw first hand.