Since 1989, the Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya have worked in partnership to develop leaders in health care for both the US and Africa. This partnership improves global health through several key programs:
- AMPATH: The Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS cares for over 62,000 Kenyan patients infected with HIV, including over 10,000 children in 19 clinics in Western Kenya. The program also feeds 30,000 patients a week and offers microenterprise training and opportunities.
- Medical Exchange: Medical students, residents, and faculty members from IUSM spend months working on the hospital wards in Kenya, and those from Kenya come to IUSM. Since 1990, over 190 medical residents and 180 students from IUSM have taken elective rotations in Kenya.
- Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Mother and Baby Hospital in Kenya: Opening in 2008 or 2009, the new Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Mother and Baby Hospital on the Moi campus in Eldoret, Kenya will be the site of up to 10,000 deliveries each year. It will include the first newborn intensive care unit in East Africa. Up to fifty newborn babies can be cared for at one time.
- Kenya Pediatric Research Working Group: A collaboration of pediatric faculty members from the US and from Kenya work together on research projects to benefit children's health in Kenya and globally in resource-limited settings.
For more information...
Please visit the IU-Kenya Partnership Website.
IUSM/Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health faculty involved with the IU-Kenya Partnership
- Paul Biondich - co-founded the Open MRS (Open Medical Record System) project. This aims to provide basic medical system support for HIV, Tuberculosis and other life long diseases. It has been implemented in a dozen countries. This system has been the framework to provide health information for the AMPATH system in Eldoret, Kenya.
- Stephen Downs - is working on an analysis of optimal TB screening strategies for HIV infected children in the AMPATH program and provides research mentorship for other Kenya-related research projects.
- David Dunn - is a part of the IU-Kenya Program in Eldoret.
- Maria Finnell - continues to head up the AMPATH program and perform research involving the cost-effectiveness of available tuberculosis screening methods in HIV infected children within the AMPATH program, Kenya.
- Dennis Fortenberry - did research on HIV-related stigma, and HIV medications adherence. He is also on dissertation committee for IU sociology doctoral student from Kenya.
- Jill Helphinstine - was a team leader for the IU-Kenya Partnership from 2004-2005. She continues to serve on the advisory committee for the IU-Kenya Partnership.
- James Lemons - Raised 2 million dollars to build the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Mother and Baby Hospital on the Moi campus in Eldoret, Kenya. This hospital will be the site of up to 10,000 deliveries each year and will include the first newborn intensive care unit in East Africa.
- Edward Liechty - served as a team leader with the IU-Kenya program, is a member of the Kenya Pediatric Research Working Group, and is involved in numerous pediatric research projects in the IU-Kenya partnership.
- Jo Ann Matory - worked at the hospital in Kenya during the summer of 2005, primarily in the newborn unit. She made daily rounds in the unit and provided lectures to the nursing staffs and to the house officers.
- Coby Richeson - worked in Eldoret for two months.
- John Sidle - is the Co-Field Director for IU-Kenya Partnership. He teaches medical students and post-graduate trainees at MUSOM in Eldoret, Kenya. He works full-time in Kenya, with all of his clinical work based in AMPATH, Kenya's largest HIV/AIDS treatment program.
- Rachel Vreeman - is the U.S. Chair of the Kenya Pediatric Research Working Group. Her involvement in Kenya began with spending two months in Kenya as a resident. All of her research work is based in Kenya, with projects involving pediatric adherence to antiretroviral therapy and pediatric antiretroviral pharmacokinetics.
- Sarah Wiehe - co-founded the Kenya Pediatric Research Working Group and conducts research related to contextual determinants of health, including factors affecting children's adherence to antiretroviral therapy and risks for sexually transmitted infections.
- Gregory Wilson - has participated in the planning for public health and pediatric involvement in the AMPATH program. He is involved with the Kenya Pediatric Research Working Group.
- Jason Woodward - was a team leader for the IU-Kenya Partnership from 2005-2006, living in Kenya and supervising medical students and residents rotating in Kenya.