"Building friendships, Brightening futures."
The theme for our 2013 Kenya Gala highlights two of the best
things about our global health partnership in Kenya -- in the midst
of changing the futures of hundred of thousands of families in
Kenya, we also get to make friends who feel like family.
We host this big Gala once every three years as an opportunity
to bring together all the many people from around the United
States, Canada, and Kenya who work together in the AMPATH
partnership or have participated with our programs in Kenya in
various ways. Needless to say, this week of hosting colleagues
meant a whirlwind of responsibilities, with constant meetings and
social functions for many days straight.
The Kenya Gala itself was a delight - a big, warm, welcoming
dinner for a family of about 1,000. Perhaps the most special part
of the evening was seeing Joe Mamlin, one of the founders of our
global health partnership and visionary builder of clinical care
systems around the world,
receive the President's Medal for Excellence from Indiana
University President Michael A. McRobbie.
Dr. Mamlin immediately called his wife of 55 years, Sarah Ellen
Mamlin, up to stand by his side. For all of Wednesday and Thursday,
I traveled from Indianapolis to Nairobi with the Mamlins, and I
commented to them how special it was that he made sure they were
together up there on the stage.
"We are not two people," Joe said. "We are one." Such a great
tribute to a long marriage and partnership.
A few photos from the Gala...
- Astrid (OB/gyn doctor extraordinaire),
Michael (my research associate upon whom I utterly rely), me,
Carole (my research assistant). Aka, Astrid + Rachel's American
- Cleophas and Elizabeth, leaders of
AMPATH's Orphans and Vulnerable Children program.
- My best friend, Elizabeth, celebrating
the occasion with me.
- My loving and supportive parents also
came from Michigan for the Gala.