AIC Kapsowar Mission Hospital is a level five hospital that provides the majority of medical care to this remote region of northwestern Kenya. The 126-bed, multi-building hospital provides facilities for Maternity, Pediatric, Medical, and Surgical care. Mobile maternal and child health clinics travel to three centers up to 90 km (56 miles) away. Four dispensaries provide simple health care for the local people. The hospital has approximately 4,000 inpatient admissions and 15,000 outpatient visits per year.
The most common inpatient diagnoses for children under 12 are pneumonia, malaria, gastrointestinal infections, meningitis, and injuries/fractures. For female (excluding maternity), the most common were pelvic diseases, malaria, all types of infections, thyroid diseases, psychological illness, and parasitic diseases. The most common male diagnoses were malaria, injury/fractures, pneumonia and other infections, parasitic diseases and other GI complaints, and carcinoma. Most of Kapsowar’s emergencies are obstetrical in nature. The hospital delivers approximately 300 babies per month with an approximate 40 percent C-section rate. Other emergency situations involve trauma, pelvic bleeding, intestinal obstruction, and peritonitis.
Major surgeries (about 150-160 per month) include thyroidectomies, tonsillectomies, vagotomies, pyloroplasties, chronic osteomyelitis amputations, hysterectomies, tubal ligations, and C-sections. Eye surgeries are also performed on a quarterly basis by a visiting Kenyan ophthalmologist. Kapsowar’s eye program sees around 2,000 patients annually. Minor surgeries (about 80 per month) include fractures, abscesses, I&D’s, D&C’s, circumcisions, debridement, and laceration repairs. Trauma is fairly common due to arguments exacerbated by alcohol. At any given time approximately 15-25 percent of the patients in our wards is HIV-positive. There is minimal trauma from road accidents because traffic is sparse. The hospital has an X-ray department, laboratory, and pharmacy.
“To provide quality, timely and compassionate healthcare, that is comprehensive, affordable and to offer training and witnessing services to the saving and healing ministry of Christ” (Matthew 14:14)
“To be a leading Christian institution providing efficient and affordable healthcare services”
Kapsowar Hospital has a long history of having American or European Missionary Medical & Surgical doctors working at the facility. These highly skilled doctors are either volunteers or sponsored by their home Christian churches and individuals. They seek to show the love of Christ by caring for those with significant health problems.