A little update (from an airport, as usual)...
My team was successfully evacuated from Kenya back to the US
this weekend, and now I am headed into Kenya. Things in the country
continue to be tense in the midst of a very harsh government
response to the Somali community and increased risk for retaliatory
and terrorist responses. Nonetheless, the hospital is open to us
again and, as always, there are patients to be seen.
I work to build a healthcare system that provides the best HIV
care possible for children and families in poor places. Sometimes,
those are places with more conflict and risk. And, I know (because
we have done the studies) that times of conflict hurt the HIV care
our kids receive. So, that's why I am headed in. I want us to keep
providing the best care we can.
I may not be able to go to the grocery store or out at night,
but I do hope to get to my clinics in rural places. These clinics
each see 80-100 children a day, supporting families in the
challenge of giving children HIV medicines and treating their
infections in the midst of all the other issues going on around
In our care system in Kenya, it seems to make a difference if I
go to the clinics -- to supervise the quality of HIV care, to
troubleshoot issues and to encourage the other clinicians that we
really can provide good HIV care for children. I am privileged to
have that job, and so back I go to my healthcare system and my
children in Kenya.