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In 2009, the 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, Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, from the University of Toronto and a Reproductive Team Leader funded by IU School of Medicine’s Department of OB/Gym. 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. One such exchange involved Drs. Kelly Kasper  and Greg Raff, who travelled to Moi University to instruct and mentor the local staff in the procedures of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. Dr. Raff conducted lectures and a hands-on workshop for staff physicians and residents. He took with him box trainers for the staff to practice the techniques and improve their skill sets and left them with a small video library to continue their training. Other faculty members have made visits 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