AMPATH – the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare – received a 5-year, $60 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2007 to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Kenya. The supplemental funding announced today will combine with other private funding to allow for the expansion of the network of clinics to provide more comprehensive care to people in western Kenya. Currently, more than 100,000 Kenyans receive HIV/AIDS treatment through USAID-AMPATH’s system of community health workers in 23 full-time clinics and 23 satellite clinic locations.
Robert Einterz, M.D., associate dean for international programs and a clinical professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, is a co-founder of the Indiana-Kenya Partnership and AMPATH.
“Even though the HIV/AIDS pandemic inevitably caused us to focus on the disease that was ravaging eastern Africa, we never stopped working to improve primary care,” said Dr. Einterz. “Now, with the help of many partners, we are working to create the same kind of model for primary care that USAID-AMPATH has provided for HIV care.”
The original mission of AMPATH was to foster education, research and treatment in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Now, USAID-AMPATH will build on its success in responding to the HIV/AIDS emergency by providing more comprehensive health care in a population area of two million persons. This care includes maternal-child care and chronic disease management, including care for diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
AMPATH is the outgrowth of an IU School of Medicine and Moi University partnership formed 20 years ago. Other U.S. universities and Kenya agencies have joined the partnership to establish a breadth of services to individuals, families and their communities in this sub-Saharan nation.