PRIORITIZING THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE WE SERVE.
Children make up nearly half of Kenya’s population, but they suffer from the highest mortality of any age group. About one in 10 children in Western Kenya die before they reach the age of five, mostly from preventable illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhea, HIV, malaria, malnutrition, measles, and neonatal complications.
AMPATH is working hard to change that, from prevention and home testing programs to making sure all children have access to primary health care, as well as improving birth and newborn services in-home and in-hospital. We also go beyond care to make sure children have the nutrition, shelter, counseling, and social support they need to thrive.
Children tested and counseled for HIV in 2017
Children in active care for HIV
Children with cancer treated each month
AREAS OF FOCUS
Without treatment, the chances a pregnant HIV-positive mother will pass the virus to her infant or newborn are 35%. Together, our in-clinic and home-based programs have lowered mother-to-child HIV transmission to 4.2%, practically preventing it in our treatment areas.
HIV-positive and HIV-affected children have often seen their entire family structure change, or even go completely away. We act quickly to help them stabilize and get the basic support they need (caretakers, food, shelter, etc.) and then stick around with regular visits to make sure they’re set up for long-term success with educational programs, psychosocial support, and economic security initiatives.
In 2017, AMPATH served 28,880 orphans and vulnerable children.
AMPATH cares for more than 6,000 children who are living with HIV, and our comprehensive care goes far beyond treatment. Together with our partners, we help young people overcome the challenges of being HIV positive, accepting and disclosing their status, and consistently taking their medicine. In 2016 we opened the MTRH Rafiki Center for Excellence in Adolescent Health, a space dedicated to the unique needs of teens with HIV providing treatment, nutritional support, peer support groups, educational sessions, and more.
The Sally Test Child Life Program at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital provides educational and recreational activities for children in our care and the children of adults in our care. Our dedicated staff provide a nurturing environment for adults and children alike, including counseling, medical play and cuddling, and procedural preparation for hundreds of Kenyan children and families every day.
Before 2010, no treatment for pediatric cancer existed in Western Kenya. It was then AMPATH began oncology training opportunities for doctors, students, nurses, and other health care providers to test for, diagnose, and treat pediatric cancer. Today, we’re continuing to increase the quality of pediatric cancer care in Kenya, helping more and more children survive and thrive.
YOUR GIFT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
One month of anti-retroviral treatment for a patient living with HIV
35-40 insecticide treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria
Specialty testing for childhood cancer