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AMPATH: Restoring lives not just immune systems
Date:11/26/2007

ith HIV/AIDS disappears.

Today AMPATH has expanded to include a consortium of U.S. medical schools led by the IU School of Medicine. Patient enrollment is rising by 2000 per month. AMPATHs high-production farms and demonstration farms provide food assistance to up to 30,000 people every month.

For the JGIM study, Dr. Inui and colleagues conducted oral interviews with individuals involved in AMPATH -- Kenyan physicians, clinical officers (similar to physicians assistants in the U.S.), nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists and others working within facilities operated by the Kenya Ministry of Health. The interviews demonstrate how these individuals go beyond humane and compassion treatment.

Initially, health personnel were aware that families frequently walked for hours or even days, sometimes pushing a wheelbarrow as a means to transport a loved one, to a clinic. It was apparent that unless the doctors and healthcare workers could ensure continued nourishment to the patients and means for the families to survive economically, there would be no return to health. From this need grew educational and vocational programs for patients and their families and the farms to provide both crops and training and ultimately health (half the patients are on anti-retroviral drugs) and income security.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
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