In 1989, Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine agreed to join together to develop leaders in health care for both the U.S. and Africa. That mission inspired this team to provide invaluable training to future generations of health care providers on both continents.
At the turn of the century, in the face of the deadliest pandemic in human history, IU and Moi responded by creating one of Africa's largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS control systems.
The Indiana-Kenya Partnership responded to the resulting program called AMPATH: the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare. AMPATH treats over 120,000 HIV positive patients at 25 main clinical sites and over 30 satellite sites in both urban and rural Kenya.
Resource-constrained settings such as Kenya demand palliative care interventions in order to respond to the significant symptom burden caused by cancer, HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions. The Palliative Care Fellowship gives its fellows the unique opportunity to have the IU-Kenya Partnership be a part of their educational experience. Under the guidance of Dr. Gregory Gramelspacher, who served as team leader of the IU-Kenya program from 1996-1997, many fellows have chosen to do an elective in International Palliative Care at the AMPATH Oncology Institute as part of the IU-Kenya Partnership at Moi University School of Medicine.
More information on the IU-Kenya Partnership can be found at http://medicine.iupui.edu/kenya/index.html