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.
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.