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Dr. Kibaru Elizabeth Gathoni

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Faculty of Health Sciences
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Paediatrics and child health
Nakuru Town campus

I am a pediatrician working as a lcturer in egerton University in the department of paediatric and child health.i provide services in the nakuru county hospital to the department of paeditarics in the newborn unit.I also provide mentorship to junior staffs

I have a special interest in health policy implementation gaps mainly in the maternal and the neonatal health.

I have been involved in collaborations with teams from the Nairobi universities and universities in Israel and the USA mainly University of Uttah and Nebraska University Medical centre in skills improvements in healthe vcare providers and the creation of teams in care provision


Masters of medicine in paediatrics and child health9 (MMED paediatrics), University of Nairobi.

Bachelor of medicine and surgery, Moi University.



General paediatrics and child health

  • 22nd to 26th March 2021 Newborn ETAT+ provider course(NEST,KPA, KEMRI, Ministry of health)
  • 4th, 5th and 12th Feb 2021 Validation meeting of comprehensive newborn care protocals (Ministry of health ZOOM)
  • 20th April 2019 Good clinical practice (NIDA clinical Trials Network (NIDA clinical coordinating centre)
  • 15th to 16th August 2019 New born and neonatal care course at Egerton university (KPA, National resuscitation council of kenya and KEMRI)
  • 1st to July 5th 2019 Standardization workshop for Action trial and iKMC
  • Held at VMMC and Safdarjang Hospital New Delhi ,India
  • 14th to 15th August 2018 Advanced Paediatric life support course (coordinators RAMBAM health care Campus, Israel)
  • 17th April 2018 Pumani b CPAP orientation (Trainers from University of Nebraska medical school and Egerton university)
  • 12-13, Sept. 2017 Master Trainers for HBB, Global Educational program in Neonatal Resuscitation (Uttah University)
  • 13th -17th Feb 2017 Lifesaving skills on EmONC (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine).
  • 15th Nov 2016 Training: Respiratory support in newborn-Bubble Continuous positive Airway pressure (Med quip Global)
  • 10th-13th Feb 2015 Leadership and health system management training for facilitators (USAID funded leadership management and sustainability project)
  • 4th -6th Feb 2014 Research proposal writting and data management workshop (Egerton University)
  • 19th -21st Feb 2014 DHS and SPA users training (Ministry of planning/ Egerton university)
  • 9th -11th May 2012 Pedagogy and Academic advising workshop for University lecturers (Egerton university)
  • 9th-11th Jan 2012 Innovative teaching Methodologies and clinical mentorship (Partnership for Advanced Clinical Education by- University of Maryland and University of Nairobi)
  • 20th october 2009 European Paediatric Life Support course (Resuscitation council of UK)
  • 3rd-14th 2008 K.N.H Lactation management (KNH, University of Nairobi)
  • 26th -30th 2007 Emergency Triage and Treatment plus Admission Care for sick children course –ETAT+ (WHO ) (KEMRI/Ministry of health)
  • 28thJuly-4th Aug 2006 Trainer of trainers’ course in TB/HIV collaboration activities ( NASCOP/NLTP)
  • 5th -7th June 2006 Case management training for implementation of the 2006, National Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Malaria (Ministry of Health)
  • 13th-17th Feb 2006 Comprehensive paediatric HIV care course program (Ministry of Health)
  • 1st-9th august 2005 Training on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids (Ministry of Health)
  • 25 th2 feb 005 The visiting scholar HIV training (New York University School of medicine)
  • 6th-10th sept 2004 Antiretroviral therapy training (Ministry of Health)
  • 10th-14th may 2004 Trainer of trainers’ course for antiretroviral service providers (Kenya Institute of Administration)


  • 2019 Orientation on New born care in India under WHO randomized Trial on antenatal corticosteroids
  • 2018 Omaha in USA visiting university of Nebraska school of medicine orientation on evidence based and upto date care in maternal and neonatal units
  • 2017 -Orientation on Simulation based medical education at Israel national institute for simulation medical education at Telaviv
    -Telaviv university for linkage creation
  • 2005 -Orientation on HIV care at New York University School of medicine
  • August 2012 to 2018: Founding Acting chairperson, department of paediatrics and child health Egerton University Faculty of Health sciences
  • July 2011 – Current: Lecturer, Paediatrics & Child Health, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
  • Jan 2010-June 2011: Part-timer lecturer, Egerton university
  • Sept 2009 - June 2011: Paediatrician, Ol- kalau District Hospital
  • Sep2008-Sep2009: Deputy Chief Resident, department of Paediatrics,University of Nairobi
  • Sept 2006 to Sept 2009: Senior House officer in the department of Paediatrics,University of Nairobi
  • Jan 2004-Sept 2006: Medical Officer in charge of various health centers in Nairobi province
  • Oct 2002-Dec 2003: Medical Officer, provincial General Hospital Nakuru

2021 on going WHO ACTION III trial a multicountry,multicentre two arm parallel double blind placembo control randomised trial of antenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of imminent birth and late preterm period in hospitals in low resourse countries to improve newborn outcome
(Study Site Paediatrician)
2016 on going
The Simulation-based medical education on Wheels project
A partnership between; The Embassy of Israel, Nakuru County Government, Egerton University, Technion ,Center for Global Engagement(Technion), Israel Institute of Technology and Mashav
(Core team member)

2018 ongoing Clinical information Network –neonatal (CIN-N)
the KEMRI / Wellcome Trust Research Programme has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in health facilities to help develop approaches to optimize use of routine hospital data to improve quality of care for inpatient children and newborns and help create better inpatient data so that it can be used in monitoring quality of care and informing quality improvement initiatives. This project is currently active in 14 public hospitals collectively referred to as the Clinical Information Network (CIN).
(Site paediatrician)2019-2020 WHO ACTION 1 and 11 trial a multicountry,multicentre two arm parallel double blind placembo control randomised trial of antenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of imminent birth and late preterm period in hospitals in low resourse countries to improve newborn outcome
(Study Site Paediatrician)
2016/202019 Improving Neonatal Mortality in Nakuru, Kenya through Healthcare Education and Capacity Building.
International collaborration of Egerton University Kenya,Friendsof Naivasha Kenya,University of Nebraska medical school USA,Utah University
Rotary International global grant #GG1862566
Main area of focus: Capacity building among health care workers in order to improve Newborn outcome
(Core team member)

  1. Newborn medicine
  2. Adherence to standard guidelines
  3. Simulation-based medical Education
  4. Emergency paediatrics
  1. 2021: Growth and Malnutrition Assessment of Neonates Admitted to a Government Hospital in Nakuru, Kenya
    Melissa Thoene,*, Nora Switchenko , Anya Morozov, Elizabeth Kibaru , Matthew Van Ormer , Corrine Hanson and Ann Anderson-Berry
    International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 2021, 10, 51-58
  2. July 2020: Switchenko N, Kibaru E, Tsimbiri P, Grubb P, Anderson Berry A, Fassl B. Implementation of a Bubble CPAP Treatment Program for Sick Newborns in Nakuru, Kenya: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Glob Pediatr Health. 2020 Jul 30;7:2333794X20939756. doi: 10.1177/2333794X20939756. PMID: 32821774; PMCID: PMC7412892.
  3. Dec 2020: Antenatal Dexamethasone for Early Preterm Birth in Low-Resource Countries. N Engl J Med. 2020 Dec 24;383(26):2514-2525. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2022398. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID: 33095526; PMCID: PMC7660991.
    WHO ACTION Trials Collaborators, Oladapo OT, Vogel JP, Piaggio G, Nguyen MH, Althabe F, Gülmezoglu AM, Bahl R, Rao SPN, De Costa A, Gupta S, Baqui AH, Khanam R, Shahidullah M, Chowdhury SB, Ahmed S, Begum N, D Roy A, Shahed MA, Jaben IA, Yasmin F, Rahman MM, Ara A, Khatoon S, Ara G, Akter S, Akhter N, Dey PR, Sabur MA, Azad MT, Choudhury SF, Matin MA, Goudar SS, Dhaded SM, Metgud MC, Pujar YV, Somannavar MS, Vernekar SS, Herekar VR, Bidri SR, Mathapati SS, Patil PG, Patil MM, Gudadinni MR, Bijapure HR, Mallapur AA, Katageri GM, Chikkamath SB, Yelamali BC, Pol RR, Misra SS, Das L, Nanda S, Nayak RB, Singh B, Qureshi Z, Were F, Osoti A, Gwako G, Laving A, Kinuthia J, Mohamed H, Aliyan N, Barassa A, Kibaru E, Mbuga M, Thuranira L, Githua NJ, Lusweti B, Ayede AI, Falade AG, Adesina OA, Agunloye AM, Iyiola OO, Sanni W, Ejinkeonye IK, Idris HA, Okoli CV, Irinyenikan TA, Olubosede OA, Bello O, Omololu OM, Olutekunbi OA, Akintan AL, Owa OO, Oluwafemi RO, Eniowo IP, Fabamwo AO, Disu EA, Agbara JO, Adejuyigbe EA, Kuti O, Anyabolu HC, Awowole IO, Fehintola AO, Kuti BP, Isah AD, Olateju EK, Abiodun O, Dedeke OF, Akinkunmi FB, Oyeneyin L, Adesiyun O, Raji HO, Ande ABA, Okonkwo I, Ariff S, Soofi SB, Sheikh L, Zulfiqar S, Omer S, Sikandar R, Sheikh S, Giordano D, Gamerro H, Carroli G, Carvalho J, Neilson J, Molyneux E, Yunis K, Mugerwa K, Chellani HK.
  4. Sep 2016 :Kibaru EG, Otara AM. Knowledge of neonatal danger signs among mothers attending well baby clinic in Nakuru Central District, Kenya: cross sectional descriptive study. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Oct 25;9(1):481. doi: 10.1186/s13104-016-2272-3. PMID: 27782863; PMCID: PMC5078951.
  5. Aug 2015: Kibaru EG, Nduati R, Wamalwa D, Kariuki N. Impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy on hematological indices among HIV-1 infected children at Kenyatta National Hospital-Kenya: retrospective study. AIDS Res Ther. 2015 Aug 15;12:26. doi: 10.1186/s12981-015-0069-4. PMID: 26279668; PMCID: PMC4537535.
  6. Mar 2015: Kibaru EG, Otara AM. Utilization of mother and child booklet among mothers attending well baby clinic in Nakuru Central District International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN (Online): 2319-7064 Index Copernicus Value (2013): 6.14 | Impact Factor (2013): 4.438
  7. Oct 2014: Kibaru EG, Nduati R, Wamalwa D, Kariuki N Baseline Hematological Indices among HIV-1 Infected Children at Kenyatta National Hospital, International Journal of Novel Research in Healthcare and Nursing Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp: (21-26), Month: September-December 2014, Available at:


  1. Switchenko N., Mairura, J., Munene,V., Tsimbiri, P., Anderson-Berry, A., Fassl, B., Kibaru, E. Progress towards improving system capacity to use bubble continuous positive airway pressure (bCPAP) to treat neonates with respiratory distress in Nakuru, Kenya.
    Switchenko N1, Kibaru E2, Fassl B1 (April 2018). Prevalence Of Neonatal Hypothermia In A Referral Hospital’s Newborn Unit In Kenya. Kenya Paediatric Association Annual conference
  2. P. Tsimbiri1, R. Margalit2, E. kibaru1, A. Maranga1, A. Otara1, C. Berkland3 (2018) Taking the Helping Babies Breath program in Naivasha to the next step: building an international collaboration to develop an Advanced Medical Simulation Training Center in Nakuru Kenya 9th Consotium of Universities for Global health conference ,New York (poster presentation)
  3. Kibaru E.G , Otara A.M (April 2016). Spousal involvement in maternal and newborn care in Nakuru central district, 16th Kenya Paediatric Association Annual conference (Abstract book page 17).
  4. Otara A. M, Kibaru E. G (March 2016).Essential Obstetric and neonatal care in devolved systems-An Evaluation of Facility preparedness in nakuru Central District, 40TH Kenya Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference (Abstract book page 65).
  5. Kibaru E.G Role of Probiotics in Paediatric nutrition(August 2015) Kenya National Paediatric Nurses Conference
  6. Kibaru E. Gathoni, Otara A. Magembe2 (April 2015). Knowledge of neonatal danger signs among mothers attending well baby clinics in Nakuru central district 15th Kenya Paediatric Association Annual conference ( Abstract book page 27).
  7. Otara A. M , Kibaru E. G2 (Feb 2015) Early postnatal care for mothers and newborns in Nakuru central district: Role of health care providers, 39th Annual Kenya Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference (Abstract book page 32).
  8. Otara A. M 1 Kibaru E. G2 (March 2015), Knowledge of postnatal maternal danger signs among mothers attending well baby clinics in Nakuru central district. 10th Egerton International Conference. (Abstracts book page 103).
  9. Kibaru E. G1, Otara A. M (March 2015), Utilization of mother and child booklet among mothers attending well baby clinic in Nakuru Central District. 10th Egerton International conference (Abstract book page 95).


Date Title of presentation Presented at.

  1. 7th october 2017 Simulated lifesaving skills-Neonatal rescuscitation. 1st Annual Reproductive Health SymposiumKOGs Nakuru Branch
  2. June, 2017 Neonatal Rescuscitation all steps Egerton University, EmONC trainings for MBchB and Nursing students
  3. May 2017 ABC/Maternal Rescuscitation Egerton University, EmONC trainings for MBchB and Nursing students
  4. April 2017 Neonatal Rescuscitation Egerton University, EmONC trainings for MBchB and Nursing students
  5. March 2017 ABC/Maternal Resuscitation Egerton University, EmONC trainings for MBchB and Nursing students

2015:Egerton international committeee presentation for the best presentation on the theme of Health

Grant awarded: GSK Trust in Africa 100,000 USD
Rotary international grant

Rotary International global grant #GG1862566


has been teaching in the areas of paediatric and child health 

special interest innewborn medicine


2018:Winnie Chepkoech Mutai a student from FEDCOD

masters in research and public policy study ongoing in second year



  1. Registered and licensed by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists' Board (MP&DB) Reg no A4812.
  3. Membership Category Organization
  4. Vice chairperson south Rift Branch Kenya Paediatric Association
  5. Member Kenya Medical Association.
  6. Member Kenya medical practitioners and dentist Union
  7. Member University Academic Staff Union-Egerton Chapter

Prof. Ruth Nduati,

University of Nairobi

Dept. of Paediatrics and child health,

P.O. Box 19676-00202,



Prof. Dalton Wamalwa,

University of Nairobi

Dept. of paediatrics and child health,

P.O. Box 19676-00202,



Dr Amos Otara Magembe,

Egerton University

P.O Box 536-20115



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