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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Leaders from National Institutes of Health visit AMPATH Partnership in Kenya

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!

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AMPATH Research Leader Changes Roles

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.

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