The Centre for Child Development was founded in August 2007 as part of Gertrude's Children's Hospital which has been operating as the only Pediatric Hospital in East and Central Africa for the past 60years or so. There was growing need to cater for the children with various developmental delays who had no avenue to address their issues. Initially the centre started off with only the physiotherapy and occupational therapy units which were already in place to take care of the in-patients. 


However it was quickly realized that children with various other difficulties e.g. speech, physical and mental disabilities would benefit from our services and we have since expanded to involve various other fields. We are proud of our past, and our accomplishments. Our desire to meet the challenges of a growing population is reflected in the quality and diversity of the services we provide. 



ALL children aged between 0-18years presenting with any one or more of the conditions listed below:

Delayed milestones

Hypotonia from Rickets, Down's Syndrome

Cerebral palsy


Club foot(Talipes equinovarus)

Post meningitis complications/sequelae


Convulsive disorder

Delayed speech


Cleft lip/palate

Autistic Children

Children with Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder

Deafness partial or total

Mental retardation

School truants/disruptive children

Burns patients especially those with injuries involving joints

Sports injuries: sprains, fractures-post cast removal; physiotherapy is required to avoid stiffening of the joints.



The centre provides specialist assessment, diagnosis and advice for the wide range of difficulties that can affect a growing child. For example:

Delay or abnormality in normal development

Speech and language difficulties

Vision and hearing difficulties

Learning difficulties

Social and communication problems

Feeding difficulties

Behavior linked with developmental delay


The Child Development Centre offers the following services:


Pediatric assessment by Pediatric neurologist and pediatric neurodevelopment specialist


Pediatric Neurologist: specialist doctor in the field of neural medicine who:

makes the appropriate diagnosis

interprets the physical manifestations of disease


prescribes necessary medications

involved in follow-up

Pediatric Neurodevelopment Specialist


makes diagnosis

assesses the overall neuro-developmental impact of disease on the patient

determines the type of therapy appropriate for each patient i.e. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy etc and follows up on progress and determines when to change course of therapy, intensify etc

follow up


Physiotherapy - a health care profession which provides services to individuals in order to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life


Occupational therapy- often abbreviated as "OT", incorporates meaningful and purposeful occupation to enable people with limitations or impairments to participate in everyday life.


Education and clinical psychology

Speech therapy


Provision of orthopedic equipment like splints, special seats, crutches, shoes etc





Pediatric Neurologist

Pediatric Neuro- Developmental Specialist

Occupational Therapist


Speech and language therapist

Clinical psychologist

Education psychologist


Orthopedic technician

Nursing staff

Pediatric Neurologist