AMPATH has had a remarkable 2017 with new partnerships, growing impact, and thousands of lives saved.
Top highlights from 2017 include:
1. New AMPATH Consortium Members
AMPATH welcomed Columbia University Department of Surgery and the University of Alberta to the Consortium, now with 13 official members.
2. AMPATH Research Network Grows
The AMPATH Research Network has grown to include more than 100 active studies in a network of 20 institutions in North America, Europe and East Africa. In 2017, the program grew to nearly $112 million in cumulative direct research awards from the NIH, CDC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and others.
3. AMPATH Kenya Reunion and Consortium Meeting
From October 27-28, representatives from AMPATH Consortium member institutions attended working groups and a comprehensive Consortium meeting. The AMPATH Reunion on October 28th brought together nearly 600 people from 3 countries and 26 states.
4. Medical Student and Resident Exchange Continues
During the academic year, 18 Kenyan medical students and two dental students were hosted by AMPATH Consortium members for six-week clinical rotations. Additionally, Kenyan registrars were hosted for two-month rotations at Indiana University, Duke University, and Brown University.
5. Population Health Pilot Launched
AMPATH’s population health initiative, with its three pillars of economic empowerment, a seamless care system, and universal health insurance is being piloted to 1 million Kenyans starting in Turbo. This work is helping to break the cycle of poverty and poor health for individuals and families, creating a sustainable system in which people can become self-sufficient and care for themselves.
6. Continued Efforts to Combat HIV
Efforts to find every patient with HIV, link them to care, and retain them in treatment continued to through AMPATH's extensive network of services and the home-based counseling and testing program. AMPATH's grant funding through USAID and PEPFAR was extended for an additional two years through 2019.
7. Oncology Leads the Way
AMPATH Oncology screened over 60,000 women for cervical and breast cancers and treated more than 10,000 patients with cancer. AMPATH Oncology was also one of the principal authors of Kenya's National Cancer Management guidelines and National Cancer Center Control Strategy.
8. Surgical Education in Kenya Thrives
Kenyan medical students are receiving enhanced surgical training through AMPATH's surgery program. Surgery training programs at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital began implementing SCORE, an online curriculum which parallels US surgery residency training, and the Trauma Evaluation and Management course.
9. Brand New Telemedicine Center Opens
A new Telemedicine Center within MTRH now houses state of the art equipment that connects rural clinics to the primary clinic in Eldoret for better access to cancer care. It also allows for North American and Consortium specialists to conduct lectures and oncology courses that will train Kenyan faculty and staff to better diagnose and treat patients.
10. Giving Tuesday Raises Over $200,000 in One Day
With help from matching funds from the AMPATH Development Board, donors doubled our fundraising goal to provide support for the Population Health Initiative.
This impact is made possible through you, our many supporters.
Asante sana for walking together with us!
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Pictured above in header: Medical professionals in the Surgery Theatre at MTRH.