AMPATH Expands Focus to Obstetrics and Gynecology
Over the years, Indiana University has maintained a strong, full-time presence in Medicine and Pediatrics for AMPATH in Kenya. Now,  Dr. Sierra Washington, Assistant Professor of Clinical OB/GYN has joined the team as a full-time presence in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Washington was recruited to IU by Dr. Lee Learman, Chair of the Department of OB/GYN.  Dr. Learman recognized her talents and interests as being assets to both IU and AMPATH. Dr. Washington will help develop the OB/GYN residency program in global health issues as well as creating a new elective in Kenya for IU students who have an interest in OB/GYN and Maternal/Child Health in developing countries.
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While in Kenya for the next two years, Dr. Washington will be working collaboratively with OB/GYN physicians from the University of Toronto and from Kenya. Together they will develop a continuum of care for obstetrics and gynecology.  This care will start in the homes and rural villages and continue to the health centers, district hospitals and the new Riley Mother Baby Hospital in Eldoret.  AugSept-Africa 284.JPG
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The Riley Mother and Baby Hospital provides state-of-the-art care, including operating rooms for caesarean deliveries and the first newborn intensive care unit in East Africa. It is managed entirely by Kenyan faculty and staff and will serve as the referral center for western Kenya and the primary hospital for the indigent population of Eldoret. It will be the site for training the region's healthcare providers on ob/gyn care, and will be the site of up to 10,000 deliveries each year with 50 babies able to be cared for simultaneously in its Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The Riley Mother and Baby Hospital will be the home for community-based program of maternal and child health that will set the standard of care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Washington and her colleages from the University of Toronto and Kenya will work with all levels of health providers, from traditional birthing attendants to community health workers, nurses, clinical officers and medical doctors, in order to reduce infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. They will lead research efforts to find answers to questions that are pertinent and relevant to the health of Kenyan women and children and will work to train the next generation of leaders and health providers.

Indiana and Moi Universities, joined by OB/GYN physicians from Duke University and the University of Toronto, will build upon the existing AMPATH clinical programs and HIV-care  partnering relationships with birth attendants, village elders and community health providers throughout western Kenya.

For more information on the Indiana-Kenya Partnership go to:


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