Tumutumu Nursing School

  • Students this year – 220
  • Graduates in last year- 65

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Enable students to acquire full time employment
  • Impact community by increasing the number of qualified medical works
  • Impact mission hospitals by increasing number of qualified staff available.

The Tumutumu Nursing School is located on the grounds of Tumutumu Hospital situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya about 130 km north of Nairobi. The hospital provides care to approximately 3,000 inpatients and more than 16,000 outpatients each year. Tumutumu Hospital is one of the three mission hospitals in Kenya sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).

A key part of the nursing school being on the same grounds as the hospital, is that students are able to work directly with patients in their training. This is also beneficial to the hospital because nurses are an important part of the hospital’s and community’s healthcare system, contributing to Tumutumu Hospital’s reputation for skilled nursing care. 


The annual cost for tuition and fees is approximately $3,000, well above the capacity of most Kenyan families. Scholarships are critical to enabling students to complete their nursing education. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need as well as academic excellence.


MBF is working in partnership with the Nursing School to implement a grant awarded by USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to provide new classrooms, laboratory space and dining facilities for the nursing school. With the additional facilities, the program expects to expand to over 300 students. The goal is to graduate 75 nurses and 25 laboratory technicians each year, helping to meet the need for trained medical professionals in Kenya.