Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

The post-graduate education programme at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health was first introduced in 2007. Since then, we have been constantly evolving in order to provide our trainees with the highest quality medical education. 

The Department has paediatric clinical subspecialties in:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastro-enterology
  • Haematology & Oncology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and
  • Pulmonology

Our faculty, doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff are committed to achieving our vision and mission of a “Children’s Hospital within a Hospital”; building on pillars of service quality improvement, client satisfaction and efficiency. We have been steadily growing our highly qualified faculty in order to ensure that quality, personalised tuition is available to each of our students. Our paediatric facilities at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi were also recently refurbished, and provide fully equipped, modern medical learning environments. 

We are proud of the successes of our pioneer graduates, who have gone on to pursue prestigious opportunities, including fellowship training in critical care paediatrics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Masters in Child Health at University of London, UK.

Our department is also committed to leading research in the field of paediatrics, and we are presently laying the foundation for a department-wide faculty research plan. Our aim is to support scientific exploration spanning the full range of university identified areas of excellence; including perinatology, early child development, neurosciences, oncology, cardiology and growth and metabolism. Our research projects will incorporate both institution and community-based approaches, with a primary goal being to impact delivery of paediatric services and promote child health throughout the East African region.

Over the next few years, one of our key focuses will be on growing our sub-specialty services. For instance, we have recently opened a comprehensive paediatric HIV clinic and we are continually strengthening the services offered by our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Paediatric High Dependency Unit. We are also committed to corporate social responsibility, and we will continue to support regular medical camps, school education programmes and community meetings for patients who have had similar experiences. 

We look forward to sharing new scholarly and clinical innovations with you in the near future.

Dr William M Macharia
The Hassan Ali Dharani Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health.​