When pregnant mothers encounter unexpected problems or high-risk conditions, babies and moms need specialized care to ensure their health and survival. In western Kenya, many pregnant mothers lack access to this kind of care because few physicans have advanced training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
AMPATH’s work is at the center of a new global initiative called Access Accelerated, a partnership working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by one-third by 2030.
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.
Sitting on the plane flying from Istanbul to Nairobi, I made sure to document some of the thoughts I had about what this experience—of being a Slemenda Scholar, of living in Sub-Saharan Africa for a summer, of understanding AMPATH would be like.
Hello from Eldoret. As usual, the past three weeks have flown. It has been a wonderful visit. As to the title "Dow Jones Exceeds Expectations", let me explain. Two outstanding physicians made their first visit to Eldoret, Drs. Dow and Jones.
With the continued work of AMPATH workers like Mercy and Elizabeth and the growth of programs like outreach screenings that bring care to the people and bring down the barriers to community health, more women like The Beautiful Ones can lead longer, healthy lives and lift up their families and their communities.