In AMPATH's definition of "healthcare," the focus is on the patient, not the disease. If a patient is hungry, or without a job, or is the victim of discrimination or abuse, AMPATH will respond, a commitment that leads inexorably toward holistic care. Therefore, AMPATH not only treats over 180,000 HIV-positive persons at over 500 urban and rural clinic sites throughout western Kenya; but also provide school fees, nutrition, and other assistance to over 20,000 children left orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, and work with more than 80 farmer groups and 850 community-run micro-finance groups. We also conduct prevention and early treatment programs that demonstrate a community-based effort that can virtually halt the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Local leadership is the key to sustainability of any global health effort; therefor, all AMPATH programming is led and implemented by Kenyans. Sustainability is a core component of AMPATH at every level, as evidenced by the use of an advanced electronic medical record system to enable cost savings through task-shifting in clinical care (more than 40 sites globally now host the AMPATH-originated Open Medical Records System, OpenMRS), overall program integration with the Kenyan government through our partnership with the Ministry of Health, and working with the Kenyan National Health Insurance Fund to develop Kenya's first primary care insurance coverage for individuals employed in the public sector (subsistence farmers, small indicpendent shop owners, etc.).