Within our treatment area in western Kenya alone, there are already an estimated 60,000 persons living with diabetes, and that number is expected to double over the next two decades. AMPATH currently provides care, education and medication to patients enrolled at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, as well as rural clinics and dispensaries. For those who cannot travel to clinics, community health workers and home-based counseling improve access to testing and treatment.
Chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease has become a major burden in East Africa. By building on our response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past seventeen years, AMPATH is well-positioned to further the understanding of the epidemic of CVPD in the developing world, reduce the burden of health disparities with better screening and prevention, and enhance research tools to share among network participants, so as to quickly impact the current and future lives of East Africans.
Stigma and misunderstanding keeps mental health in Kenya in the dark. And we’re fighting every day to change that. In rural communities, we’re training health workers to screen for mental health issues and link patients to care for depression, psychosis, alcohol dependence and more. And at Moi University and AMPATH Consortium schools, psychiatry faculty, residents, and students share their expertise, learn from each other, and push mental health care forward.