A $7 million will boost an internationally-focused Indiana University Center for Global Health program. The funding from the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation supports the AMPATH initiative, which targets health care of 4 million underserved people in western Kenya.
AMPATH, an acronym for Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, was launched in 2001 to address the country’s AIDS crisis. The initiative works with Kenyan Ministry of Health and the U.S. government through partnerships with the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya and an IU School of Medicine-led North American consortium of academic health centers to respond to challenges of health care access in communities with limited resources.
IU Center for Global Health Director Robert Einterz said the commitment from the foundation will help better serve Kenyan families and "continue to expand our initiatives to address the critical needs for primary health care, chronic disease care, and specialty care for the entire population, leaving no one behind."
The foundation has supported AMPATH for the last 15 years, including a 2013 donation of $4 million toward the construction of a cancer and chronic diseases center on the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital campus.
IU says AMPATH is considered one of Africa’s largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS management and treatment models. Other American institutions that are part of the AMPATH consortium include Brown University, Duke University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Providence Portland Medical Center, Purdue University, University of California-San Francisco, University of Massachusetts, University of Notre Dame and University of Toronto.
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