We celebrated a great occasion today in Eldoret - the official
launch of AMPATH PLUS!
AMPATH PLUS stands for Academic Model Providing Access to
Healthcare - People-centered, Leadership, Universal Access,
With a commitment of five more years of funding from USAID, the
US Agency for International Development, AMPATH PLUS will be a new
phase of our partnership in Kenya, in which the Moi University, Moi
Teaching and Referral Hospital, and the Ministry of Health
facilities work together to improve the health of our catchment
area in Kenya. In this new phase, not only will we seek to find,
link, treat, and retain all HIV-infected people within our
catchment area, but we will also dramatically increase our primary
care and chronic disease management services. AMPATH is poised to
serve as a model of innovation, ultimately creating knowledge on
the best practices that can be shared with other USAID programs,
with the Government of Kenya and with healthcare systems throughout
We marked this special day with celebration - a big gathering,
special visitors, music, cake and speeches. The clinic staff,
program staff, and even many of our patients joined with the
university faculty, hospital administration, government officials,
and USAID representatives to celebrate AMPATH PLUS.
Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin. I think of Joe Mamlin as
AMPATH's visionary-in-chief. He is the one who said we have to be
able to fight this HIV virus here and who ultimately grew AMPATH
into a healthcare system caring for 150,000+ patients over the
western third of the country.
This man is "Patient 129" out of 152,000+. He spoke movingly
about what it really means that AMPATH "leads with care" -- lives
extended, people given hope.
"I accepted the results, I adhered to medications, and I gained
motivation from my fellow patients," said Patient 129. ""I have
lived over 13 yrs on medications...To me, AMPATH is the hand of
God. I will take my [HIV] medicines until a cure is found."
AMPATH's chief of party, Dr. Kimaiyo reminded us of our primary
goal: "We want to demonstrate a sustainable, replicable model of
care that will bring HIV to its knees."
Dr. Einterz described what it has meant for Indiana University
to lead the AMPATH Consortium, the significance of this generous
gift from the American people, and how special it is to see AMPATH
PLUS move forward under the leadership of our Kenyan partners.