Seven open heart surgeries were conducted last month at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), representing the first successful open heart surgeries in Kenya conducted outside of Nairobi and Mombasa.
AMPATH’s Field Director of Oncology and Hematology, Chite Asirwa, MD, received the Hero Award from Children’s Place International at the organization’s annual Place the Hope gala in Chicago on October 18th.
AMPATH is working to improve the system for identifying and treating mental illness in Kenya. Jakob Simmank, a reporter from the German publication Zeit Online, recently travelled through western Kenya to report on efforts to address this challenge, including AMPATH’s work to remove the stigma of mental health through education.
A team from the Purdue University College of Pharmacy worked with AMPATH consortium members and MTRH staff to develop a wound compression kit that treats skin conditions and infections, particularly Kaposi Sarcoma, a debilitating infection often linked with HIV.
After a few weeks into my Slemenda summer, I eventually joined up with Dr. Laura Ruhl who founded a program called Chama cha MamaToto. These are peer support groups for pregnant and breastfeeding women with the goal of decreasing barriers to health and maternal stress.
In 2013, a partnership began between Dow Agrosciences/Corteva and AMPATH. Since then, employees have been passionately engaged in providing aid in the area of food insecurity in Kenya. Erica Duffy from Corteva Agriscience is blogging from Eldoret for 6 months
After numerous hours on planes and at least 10 different security checks involving me pulling out my otoscope and demonstrating its function to the security officers, I have arrived back in the United States.
With our first two weeks in Eldoret being devoted to learning more about AMPATH, the last four weeks thus far have been focused more on individual projects. During this time, I have had the opportunity to become more acquainted with AMPATH Surgery and work with surgery team lead Dr. Connie Keung on several different surgery-related projects.