Philosophy of the Fellowship Programme

To train competent and highly skilled leaders in the field of paediatric anaesthesiology who adhere to the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and ethical standards.

Rationale of the Fellowship Programme

Access to safe anaesthesia and pain relief following surgery is considered a basic human right in the 21 st century. International standards for the safe practice of anaesthesia, adopted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) in 1992, are seldom reached thus producing a higher than accepted morbidity and mortality in the paediatric population. In Africa, the peri-operative mortality rate for the paediatric surgical patient is the highest in the world. Children are not “little adults”, therefore there is a need to develop a subspecialty within Anaesthesia that caters to the unique physiology, anatomy, and development needs of the paediatric population including their parents and caregivers.

Goal of the Programme

To train as a sub-speciality of anaesthesia, competent anaesthesiologists capable of lifelong acquisition of knowledge and skills related to the field anaesthesia pain management and critical care in paediatric population.

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

This will be a face to face apprenticeship fellowship programme which will include:

  • Lectures and discussions
  • E-learning interactive platform
  • Formative assessment ongoing continuously
  • Summative assessment at the end of the programme

The programme shall be competency based and learning outcome focussed.

The training will involve integration of theoretical learning and clinically based teaching during the 12 month period.

The programme provides for graded levels of responsibility, with the fellow initially being closely supervised and progressively demonstrating increasing abilith to work without supervision towards the end of the programme. External faculty approved by the Department and the School, shall participate in the clinical training of the fellow.

Programme Structure

Will include lectures, tutorials, clinical teaching in operating theatre and bedside teaching in the Intensive Care Unit and wards. Clinical teaching in outside-theatre areas. Workshops, symposia and seminars. Online video-conferencing and online lecture series.


The common regulations for admission to the Fellowship in Paediatric Anaesthesia of the University of Nairobi shall apply

Eligible candidates for admission to this programme shall be required to fulfill the following conditions:

1. Be holders of the Master of Medicine degree in anaesthesia of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualifications recognised by the Senate of the University of Nairobi

2. Be registered or be qualified to be registered as a medical practitioner by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council of Kenya

3. Be of sound character and possess a certificate of good standing from the regulatory authority

4. Shall have passed a pre-entry interview organized by the Board of the School of Medicine.

5. Foreign candidates shall provide certified copies of their basic medical degree certification, their M.Med (or equivalent) in Anaesthesia. In addition for candidates from non-anglophone speaking countries a certificate of proficiency in English shall be provided.

6. All candidates shall have letters of reference from 2 academic referees.

Course Exemptions

There shall be no exemptions or credit transfers for this programme.

Year I   TOTALS 
TUITION                648,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                    5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    4,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)                    5,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000
Year I Total           685,000