Tenwek Hospital has a great need for both adult and pediatric cardiologists. There is a high rate of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remaining in the local community and throughout rural Kenya. Therefore, there is a great need for screening, training, and the development of strategies to improve statistics for this preventable disease. Tenwek also has a very active cardiovascular surgery schedule for both acquired and congenital heart disease. There is a great need for screening and triaging preoperatively and for appropriate post-operative follow-up. At this time, the hospital staff is mainly doing echocardiograms and ultrasounds, but visiting physicians are using Tenwek to do more interventions such as devices, pacemakers, and balloon valvuloplasties. These services would be a great asset to the local community and beyond if they were being done more regularly.
Tenwek Hospital is a ministry of World Gospel Mission and Africa Gospel Church. The hospital, which started as a single-nurse dispensary in 1937, is now a 300-bed hospital and training center. In addition to being the area’s primary hospital, Tenwek serves as a referral hospital that receives patients from throughout the country. Tenwek is also a growing teaching hospital. Training programs include family practice, surgical residency, medical and clinical internships and student rotations, hospital chaplaincy, and nursing.