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In 2009, IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology joined the University of Toronto as co-sponsors of Reproductive Health for AMPATH. OB-GYN faculty mentors, residents and medical students began participating in the AMPATH program in 2010 and supported the first reproductive health field director.

Scope of Work

AMPATH Reproductive Health has expanded beyond its original focus of the prevention of maternal-to-child transmission of HIV now to include emergency obstetrics, maternal-neonatal-child health, primary health care, family planning, fistula repair, cervical cancer screening and quality-improvement programs for hospital-based care. The research portfolio has also grown, as Kenyans have become more involved in grant-writing efforts as well as research presentations and publications.

Program Participants

Facilitating the program is the reproductive health field director, Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, MD, from the University of Toronto and a reproductive team leader, Caitlin Bernard, MD, from IU School of Medicine Department of OB-GYN. Each year, the program also hosts a Kenyan registrar (resident) pursuing a MMed degree in OB-GYN at Moi University. All reproductive health initiatives in education, research and service are co-led by our Kenyan partners.

A number of IU School of Medicine OB-GYN faculty members have visited Kenya to provide special skills and expertise, including Kelly Kasper, MD, and Greg Raff, MD, who traveled to Moi University to instruct and mentor staff in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery procedures. Dr. Raff conducted lectures and a hands-on workshop for staff physicians and residents. He took box trainers with him to help the staff practice the techniques and improve their skill sets. He also left them with a small video library to continue their training. Other faculty members visit to Kenya to support the reproductive health program and to engage in student and resident teaching, evaluation and research mentoring.

Kelly M. Kasper, MD,  BS,  NA,  NA

Kelly M. Kasper, MD, BS, NA, NA

Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gregory J. Raff, MD

Gregory J. Raff, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
Caitlin Bernard, MD

Caitlin Bernard, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology