The highlight of the week here in Kenya was holding "a
team-building" for my study team. ("Team-building" is used as a
noun here.) My study coordinators organized a day-long event for
our personnel from 8 different clinics across western Kenya, some
of which are at least a three-hour drive away. Our study evaluating
disclosure of HIV status to children has been in place for almost
one year, and we are also transitioning to involve a new North
American field coordinator. It was a good time for everyone to come
- Lots of "snaps" were taken
- Games with potatoes
- In our team "Indiana University
Children's Health Services Research" t-shirts
Looking around this group of talented, laughing individuals, I
was humbled to think about what they are accomplishing. Together,
they follow hundreds of families with children with HIV, assessing
how the families are doing clinically, emotionally, and socially.
In the past year, we have recruited all of these families at 8
different clinics; developed new materials to help with disclosure
counseling; started counseling individual parents, guardians, and
children; and instituted group counseling sessions for children who
have learned about their status. So much good work!
We gathered at a riverside resort a little bit outside of
Eldoret. The team-building featured lots of games and a goat roast
(nyama choma) for the entire crew. We actually purchased the goat
in town and sent it to the site early that morning by motorbike to
be prepared for our feast. Certainly, not every day in Kenya is fun
and games, but this one came close.
- Our lovely site.
- The North American members of my team -
my pediatric research scholar for the year (Amy), my out-going
field coordinator (Colin), and my newly arrived field coordinator
- These ladies have been running my
research studies for 6 years now.