I went into pediatrics because I wanted to improve the health of
the world's poorest children. Once I became a pediatrician and
health services researcher, I joined the faculty at Indiana
University because IU's long-term partnership in Kenya offers a
unique opportunity to figure out how we can best provide care for
children in poor places who are living with HIV.
Over the last few days in Eldoret, we have enjoyed the privilege
of hosting Indiana University president, Michael McRobbie, his
wife, and a number of leaders from IU and IUPUI. It has been an
exciting blur of events to show them first-hand the work that
Indiana University leads in Kenya and how our partnership here
provides a model for healthcare innovation around the world.
- IU President McRobbie at the celebration
launching the Kenya chapter of the Indiana University Alumni
I got to show the delegation through our pediatric HIV clinic in
Eldoret and to visit with them through a number of meals and
events. (They even wrote about it on the
IU Goes to Africa blog!)
Explaining what it looks like for families to live with HIV in
Kenya and how we are trying to help families with those challenges
always makes me excited. My high level of enthusiasm almost seems
dorky, but I love what I do and it's been really fun to share that
with some of the people who make this program possible.