Education

We build professional capacity in the management of pediatric critical illness and injury in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of sustainable training and education programs. We are focusing on:

  1. Problems and priorities for critically-ill children in limited-resource settings.
  2. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and aspects of Neonatology.
  3. Implementation science and leadership skills geared towards optimizing local health care systems for critically ill children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Objectives

  1. Develop and implement a locally sustainable fellowship program in pediatric emergency and critical care medicine in Kenya geared towards the needs of pediatricians in sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Support basic pediatric critical and emergency care short courses for nurses and doctors in sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. Develop and implement a low-technology high fidelity simulation program for pediatric nursing and physician staff in Kenya caring for critically ill and injured patients.
  4. Develop educational materials focused on pediatric acute and critical care in low-resource settings.

Examples of Recent or Ongoing Work

Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care (FPECC)

FPECC is a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care is geared towards pediatricians from Sub-Saharan Africa. Training will occur at University of Nairobi/ Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi and at A.I.C. Kijabe Hospital in rural Kenya. Fellows will get trained in management of acutely and critically-ill children in the public and private, urban and rural, tertiary care and district level health care sectors which are all relevant to practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa. FPECC training and fellow supervision will be provided by a combination of local Kenyan and visiting experts in Pediatric Emergency and Pediatric Critical Care. The first class of PECC fellows will be enrolled by September 2016.

The curriculum for the Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care was developed by Pediatric Emergency, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Anesthesia, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Pediatric Pulmonary subspecialists from University of Nairobi, University of Washington/ Seattle Children’s, A.I.C. Kijabe Hospital and Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital. The curriculum has been evaluated and discussed with representatives from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Kenyan Pediatrics Association. Currently, the fellowship curriculum is being reviewed by the University of Nairobi Senate.

Emergency Triage (ETAT), Pediatric Fundamentals PFCCS or PALS

All PECC team members are certified instructors in Emergency Triage and Assessment + (ETAT+), Pediatric Fundamentals Critical Care Support (PFCCS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and actively involved in increasing pediatric acute and critical care capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Pediatric Resuscitation Simulation

Pediatric RESuscitation Simulation – Kenya (PRESS-K) is a low technology, high fidelity simulation program currently being developed at Kenyatta National Hospital/University of Nairobi to strengthen pediatric resuscitation and team work skills.