Donor Spotlight: The Test Family

The name Sally Test has become synonymous with the child life program that provides educational and recreational activities for children at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) and Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. This summer, for the first time, members of the Test family visited the center named after their matriarch.

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People of AMPATH: Dr. John Lawrence, MD, Cardiologist

Most doctors and other experts will tell you that it is important to stay active in retirement. John Lawrence, MD, and his wife Dale took that advice to heart...literally.

When Dr. Lawrence retired, his bags were already packed. The very next day he and Dale left for Kenya to begin a decade of collaboration with Kenyan and North American colleagues to enhance the cardiac care provided through the AMPATH partnership.

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Student Reflection: Maddy Vonderohe

“The decision to return to Eldoret, not even a year after leaving, was a simple one. The minute I departed from Nairobi I knew I would be back as soon as I could. I had no doubts that I would return to learn and live life for another month in the place that had made me a better version of myself, as well as a better citizen of the world.”

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People of AMPATH: Grace Wandia, MD

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.

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AMPATH Integral to HIV Plan Launched by Kenya's First Lady

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.

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In Memory of Eleanor (Ellie) Thurston

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.

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People of AMPATH: Sarah Ellen and Joe Mamlin

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.

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Donor Spotlight: Tonia Hassinger

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:

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People of AMPATH: In Memory of Jayne Njeri Kamau

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.

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