On 12th December every year, the world marks the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) day. This year’s UHC day marks one year since the launch of the Government of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda that targets to achieve universal health coverage. UHC aims to make quality health accessible to all at a price affordable to them. Significant steps towards that goal have been made among county governments country-wide who have taken the initiative to launch their UHC plans.
More than one thousand trained AMPATH community health workers provide care and education throughout their own communities in western Kenya. Now this model is being used in two Indiana counties to improve infant mortality rates.
Last month AMPATH took a big step toward a vision of making access to quality health care available for all. AMPATH teams started a pilot project going door-to-door in Turbo Sub-County, immediately northwest of Eldoret, to facilitate enrollment in an affordable national health insurance product to families, especially those with informal or no employment.
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.