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 emergency and critical care in low-resource settings.

Examples of our Ongoing Work

Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care (FPECC)

FPECC is a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care geared towards pediatricians from Sub-Saharan Africa. Training occurs at University of Nairobi/ Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and at A.I.C. Kijabe Hospital in rural Kenya. Fellows are getting 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 is provided by a combination of local Kenyan and visiting experts in Pediatric Emergency and Pediatric Critical Care. The first class of PECC fellows was enrolled in January 2019.

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 and was approved by the University of Nairobi as the accrediting institution. This is the first program of this kind in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Due to the Covid pandemic, we are accepting applications for the Fellowship (FPECC) on a rolling basis. Please contact us at pecc@uw.edu if you have questions about our program or are interested in applying.

The University of Nairobi is accepting fellowship applications from physicians who meet the following admission requirements:

  • Hold a Masters of Medicine Degree in Paediatrics and Child Health from the University of Nairobi, or its equivalent from any other institution recognised by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  • Possess evidence of registration or be eligible for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.
  • Have completed at least one year of clinical practice in Paediatrics after Masters of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health or its equivalent.
  • Possess a certificate of good standing from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board or equivalent authority from the country of origin for International applicants.
  • Pass an entry interview. International applicants who qualify for admission and who for reasons acceptable to the recruitment committee are unable to present themselves in-person for the interviews, shall undergo an interview through available media.
  • Applicants whose medium of communication for their basic medical degree is not English, will be required to show evidence of proficiency in English from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi.
  • Obtain a valid professional indemnity cover during the period of training.
  • Be bound to conduct themselves with integrity in a manner befitting the medical profession and in accordance with the following documents.
    – Manual on Code of Conduct and Medical Ethics.
    – Public officer’s Ethic Act, 2003 Part III general Code of Conduct and Ethics.

TO APPLY VISIT: https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/

For more information contact:

Chair, Dept of Paediatrics & Child Health

Email: dept-paediatrics@uonbi.ac.ke  Tel: +254 20 491046

P.O. Box 19676 – 00202, Kenyatta National Hospital

Nairobi, Kenya

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.