AMPATH's multifaceted response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has made a remarkable contribution to the treatment and care of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. This success, however, is threatened by other acute public heath challenges in Western Kenya. The AMPATH consortium works to advance public health and primary care research and training.
During the past three years, the public health program has made progress toward:
- advancing dynamic and quality public health curricula to produce well-trained professionals,
- promoting faculty development through service and,
- building research capacity that links the classroom to the community.
An international shared learning network comprised of schools of public health from North America, Asia, and Africa has been formed to forward these efforts. Last year, members of the learning network launched the Overseas Learning Collaboration, an academic program that facilitated faculty exchange, graduate-level co-learning and co-teaching, and field-based curriculum development. In addition, public health is part of AMPATH's primary healthcare initiative and they are currently working on projects to promote injury research and capacity building, service availability mapping, and continuing global health education efforts launched by a higher education for development planning grant.
The IU School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, and other AMPATH consortium partners have joined in efforts to strengthen public health research and education in Kenya. Student and faculty involvement has focused on building collaborative relationships and participating in ongoing programs and research projects. With the development of the primary healthcare initiative, there are exciting opportunities to implement public health strategies that could make major contributions to the AMPATH program.