Terry Vik, MD, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, will travel to Kenya later this summer as a Fulbright Scholar. His Fulbright award will enable him to train the first class of pediatric hematology-oncology fellows and conduct research.
If you ask Grace Wandia, MD, what impressed her most about her two-month rotation at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, she will tell you about the environment. She was impressed by the environment inside the hospital which she found collegial, transparent and supportive. She was also impressed by the environment outside the hospital, which she found really, really cold.
Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, launched the West Pokot Business Plan for the elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV earlier this month. The business plan is a roadmap that outlines how the county will dedicate more resources for eMTCT by 2021. AMPATH, with support from USAID, implements HIV care and treatment in West Pokot County, including eMTCT, and played a significant role in creating the roadmap.
The AMPATH partnership honors the memory and generous spirit of Eleanor (Ellie) Thurston who passed away on April 18 at the age of 89. Mrs. Thurston gave her initial gift to the Indiana University-Kenya partnership (now AMPATH) in 1999 to honor her husband, Max. . She wanted to make it possible for others who came from financially limited means to have the same sort of opportunity that Max had been given.
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.
A quiet, private gesture of generosity gave birth and momentum to what has become one of the largest HIV treatment programs in the world. After more than 15 years, the story behind the Mosoriot Clinic can finally be shared.
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.