Improving trauma care in Kenya
Trauma accidents are a major cause of death worldwide, with more than 90% occurring in low- and middle-income countries such as Kenya. Further, deaths from road traffic accidents have doubled over the past 40 years in Kenya with the majority being vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Despite the Kenyan government's recent efforts to improve safety with speed-detection cameras and a “No Helmet, No Ride” social marketing campaign, road traffic accidents continue to increase. One reason for the high number of deaths is limited access to trauma care such as triage, transportation, and infrastructure. Working with the American College of Surgeons, AMPATH began an Advanced Trauma Life Support training program for faculty at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
“It’s a very exciting program to bring to a country for the first time,” said Gary Dunnington, MD, Chair of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Dunnington said once the preparation is complete next year, Advanced Trauma Life Support training will be available for everyone involved in trauma care at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide, and in Kenya it tends to occur more frequently in younger women (aged 40-49 years) compared to the west where peak prevalence is between 50-59 years. With screening and detection and timely treatment, breast cancer is associated with a good prognosis. Unfortunately in Kenya, 70-80% of cancer cases are diagnosed in late stages due to lack of awareness, inadequate diagnosis facilities, lack of treatment facilities, and high cost of treatment in a poverty-stricken country.
Today, with the new Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre now open on the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital campus, more than 1,000 breast cancer screenings occur per month. AMPATH and the government of Kenya
have joined forces to help overcome the burden of cancer in Kenya.