AMPATH

The Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) is a partnership between Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and the AMPATH Consortium of North American universities led by Indiana University. Officially established in 2001, AMPATH began as a partnership between medical schools at Indiana University and Moi University in 1990.

The Indiana University Center for Global Health (IUCGH) coordinates the North American involvement in AMPATH by partner universities throughout North American. IUCGH holds institutional relationships with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and facilitates the presence of several full-time, year-round IU faculty in Eldoret, Kenya.

Virtually all of the major IU School of Medicine departments and many sub-specialty divisions partner with AMPATH including Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, GI, Radiology, Pathology, Oncology, and Palliative Care.

IU’s schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Law and others also contribute to the Kenya partnership. For example, nearly 1,000 children received oral health screenings over two and a half weeks during the IU School of Dentistry’s international service learning program.

Contact: Adrian Gardner, MD

CARE IMPACT

Last year, AMPATH served a population of more than 8 million people in western Kenya in partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MoH). This AMPATH-MoH system aims to deliver a package of primary care services inclusive of HIV/AIDS care and control, maternal-child services, and essential/basic prevention services and medical care for burdensome health problems. 

AMPATH is developing an integrated health system in the public sector across all levels of the health system using a community-based, population health approach. The system, inclusive of both primary and specialty care services, is designed to host and nurture training and research activities. Specialty care services, centered on the campus of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, consist of emerging Centers of Excellence in cardiopulmonary diseases, diabetes, mental health, and oncology. 

Additionally, AMPATH is developing a replicable model of universal health coverage by (1) building a health care system in western Kenya that delivers quality health services effectively and efficiently; (2) developing community-based and group-based mechanisms of wealth creation; and, (3) collaborating with Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to ensure that that health care delivery system is financially accessible to all people. 

EDUCATION IMPACT

Through AMPATH, more than 2,200 North American and Kenyan medical trainees have trained alongside each other in Kenya, the U.S., and Canada with more joining every year.

The IU Center for Global Health coordinates exchanges including:

  • Two-month medical rotations in Kenya
  • Slemenda Scholars Progarm
  • Moi University Medical and Dental Student Exchange

The IU School of Dentistry also coordinates an International Service Learning program in Kenya for dental students. 

 

 

RESEARCH IMPACT

Coordinated by the IU Center for Global Health, the AMPATH Research Network seeks to improve the health of the Kenyan population through the identification, development and dissemination of health systems information to influence the medical care, public health and public policy in Kenya and other resource-constrained areas of the world.

In the 2018-19, the AMPATH Research Network accomplished the following:

  • More than 70 active studies and a network of collaborators from 20 institutions in North America, Europe, and East Africa.
  • Robust infrastructure for research including a system of peer research development groups to assist in mentoring new investigators and developing new research, an ISO-accredited laboratory, an Institutional Review Board (IRB), a research and sponsored projects office, and cores in biostatistics, data management, informatics and bioethics.
  • $142 million in cumulative direct research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and others. Seventy-three percent of these awards came from the NIH.
  • More than 620 cumulative publications in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals 

 

Additional Resources

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