Gertrudes Institute of Child Health and Research


Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research Muthaiga is a premier Training Centre of Excellence, located in Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Muthaiga along Muthaiga Road, a few kilometers from Nairobi Central Business District.

Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit Children’s Hospital established in 1947. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is the most established paediatric hospital in Eastern and Central Africa, providing healthcare to children in Kenya as well as those referred from neighbouring countries. The hospital attends to over 300,000 outpatients annually through a network of 15 facilities in and around Nairobi and admits over 9,000 patients annually at its 100-bed facility located at Muthaiga, Nairobi.

Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is licensed to provide healthcare to children and teens up to 21 years, and provides the full range of healthcare services including preventive care, accident and emergency, outpatient care, inpatient medical and surgical care, and rehabilitation services. The hospital provides specialist care covering more than 20 aspects of paediatric specialisation, and also runs a teens’ clinic providing comprehensive healthcare to teenagers and young adults. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is licensed and recognised as a Level 5 Healthcare Facility, a Tertiary Referral and Teaching Children’s Hospital. The hospital operates on a self-sustaining financing model through charging fee for services.

With a staff complement of 750, the hospital employs 90 doctors and 250 nurses directly and works with more than 200 independent specialist consultants to provide high quality healthcare services. The hospital allocates substantial resources towards staff training and development with greater emphasis on specialised training. The hospital has a fully accredited Ethical Review Board that oversees research activities which range from operations research to clinical trials. The Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research which coordinates all training activities provides specialised training for nurses as well as accredited short courses in resuscitation, among others.

Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital has put in place a very robust quality and safety programme that ensures continuous improvement in line with internationally acceptable benchmarks. As a member of the Children’s Hospitals Association, USA, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital benchmarks its care processes and outcomes with the best children’s hospitals in the world. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is the first paediatric hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), USA. The JCI accreditation is the gold standard for best practice in healthcare quality, safety and management.

The hospital, through the Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation, works with different partners to provide much needed care to children from less privileged families especially in informal settlements. The hospital also works with local and international partners to establish highly specialised services, provide specialised training, and improve the quality of paediatric care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Why Choose Gertrudes Institute of Child Health and Research

Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research Muthaiga endeavours to constantly improve child health and general health
care through innovations and development of evidence based courses.

Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital aims to be the leading provider of world-class children’s healthcare in Eastern Africa.

courses run by the Institute include phlebotomy, European Paediatric
Advanced Life Support (EPALS) which is accredited by the Resuscitation
Council of United Kingdom (RCUK), Paediatric First Aid, Diploma in
Counselling: Child and Adolescent option, Emergency Triage Assessment
and Treatment PLUS Admission Care (ETAT)


Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research Muthaiga was started in 1999 as a training centre for Paediatric Advanced Life Support for Gertrude’s staff but later incorporated other hospitals.

In 2005, it was approved by the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) to offer Higher National Diploma in Paediatric Nursing.

In 2007, the school was approved to offer Kenya Registered Community Health nursing (upgrading course for Enrolled-Registered nursing).

In 2013, we got approval to train Kenya Registered Paediatric Critical Care nursing, the only one of its kind in East and Central Africa.

In 2014, the Institute started Emergency Medical Technician Advanced Course.

In 2016, we were accredited by The Nursing Council of Kenya to train Diploma in Kenya Registered Community Health Nursing (KRCHN) Programme.

Courses offered at Gertrudes Institute of Child Health and Research

Paediatric Phlebotomy

3 weeks

Paediatric Critical Care Nursing (PCCN)

Postgraduate Diploma
1 year

First Aid Course

1 day

Paediatric Nurse Training (PNT)

Postgraduate Diploma
1 year

Emergency Medical Practitioner (EMT)

Postgraduate Diploma
1 year

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