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WE TRAIN SURGEONS

Our model begins by training Christian men and women from across the continent of Africa as accredited pediatric surgeons.

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.

Our graduates self-identify as 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. You can read about how we support these surgeons following their fellowship program here.

CURRENT TRAINEES

COUNTRIES SERVED

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. Kitheka S. K.

Dr. Kitheka S. K. was born and raised in Kenya in the rural county of Machakos. His passion is to see quality surgery in the public health space. He’s already excited to train as a pediatric surgeon in the BethanyKids program accredited through PAACS so that an emphasis on mission and Bible are woven into the program from start to finish.

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. 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.