When Joe Mamlin, MD, retired from Wishard Memorial Hospital in 2000, he and Sarah Ellen Mamlin made a one-year commitment to return to the IU-Kenya partnership in Eldoret that they had helped to establish a decade earlier. One year turned into 20, the IU-Kenya partnership became AMPATH, and this month Joe and Sarah Ellen returned to Indiana. Their departure from Kenya was commemorated with several celebrations to recognize their two decades of service.
The AMPATH surgery team has been using teleconference to improve surgical education. The team has introduced regular bilateral case conferences between Moi University and Indiana University in which surgical trainees at each location teach and learn from each other.
Jayne Njeri Kamau was an outstanding child life specialist in AMPATH’s Sally Test Child Life Program. Jane was returning to Eldoret from a pediatric cancer conference and was a passenger aboard the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on March 10. Our AMPATH family mourns Jayne’s loss and offers condolences to her family, friends, co-workers, and the patients and families she served.
Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH, has been in his current role since 2012, but he had a desire to explore the world from an early age. He began travelling to Kenya in 2001 and sought every opportunity to return.
This month the AMPATH partnership hosted leaders from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The group visited an AMPATH rural health center in Mosoriot, where Dr. Joe Mamlin and Dr. Sylvester Kimaiyo led the tour. At the Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, they saw clinical programs in action in as well as research that improves health care. Thank you to our NIH colleagues for supporting the AMPATH partnership!
Rachel Vreeman, MD, MS, is leaving Indiana for a new adventure in New York City.
In early February, Vreeman will become the Vice Chair for the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at AMPATH Consortium member Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Director of the Sinai Global Sites Network for the Arnhold Institute for Global Health.
AMPATH is extremely grateful for the support of donors such as Tim and Tonia Hassinger. The Hassingers have been supporting AMPATH since 2015 and most recently provided matching funds for AMPATH’s year-end fundraising campaign. Tonia Hassinger shares her passion for AMPATH:
AMPATH ENT camps occur every February and are a time where North American otolaryngologists join their counterparts at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) to see patients in clinic and perform surgeries.
Winnie Rotich is an observing Kenyan medical student with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, a member of the AMPATH consortium. She reflects on her experience in Toronto and the ways she will use her experience to improve care in Kenya.
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