Purdue Collaboration with Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (AMPATH), Kenya
The Purdue Kenya Program (PKP) is a global public health practice and experiential learning site located in Eldoret, Kenya. PKP is operated in conjunction with the Indiana University Kenya Partnership and the Academic Model for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (AMPATH). AMPATH promotes and fosters a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS control that complements and enhances the existing health infrastructure. 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. It created one of Africa's largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS control systems.
Examples of PKP's public health focused activities include: participation in community outreach, public health topic discussions with Kenyans and community based adherence counseling sessions. Rotation activities include: daily medical rounds, provision of patient education, and interdisciplinary professional presentations. Students participate in a buddy system with Kenyan pharmacy students to enhance their contributions. Finally, students complete research projects that address the needs of the resource-constrained practice setting. As the program continues to grow, additional public health activities will be added to the elective course and the experiential learning program.
Links to the health workforce crisis
PKP provides clinical and community pharmacy services and performs care-focused research to optimize the level of care AMPATH patients receive. Purdue offers an eight week advanced clerkship rotation under the guidance of their full time, Kenyan based, public health trained faculty member. A two-credit elective course, Pharmaceutical Care in Developing Countries, is required before participating in the international experience.
The mission of the IU-Kenya Partnership is to:
- develop leaders in health care for the United States and Africa;
- foster the values of the medical profession; and
- promote health for the human family.
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