Training Initiative to Improve Palliative Care Accessibility in Western Kenya

Indiana University School of Medicine (AMPATH)


The vast majority of Kenyans lack access to hospice and palliative care services, and the need is predicted to grow significantly in the next decade. To address this important population health challenge, the AMPATH consortium, led by Indiana University School of Medicine, has identified the limited number of palliative care specialists as a major impediment to providing quality symptom management and end of life care. AMPATH seeks to increase access to palliative care in Western Kenya by developing palliative care training programs for health care professionals and Community Health Volunteers.

To meet this need, the consortium has been developing training programs for nurses, clinical officers, and physicians. They have also been developing an innovative training program for Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to identify, provide care, and refer patients to palliative care providers. This program will embed specialists throughout the health care system, thus providing care to those with little to no access. Training will include management, advocacy, and research skills to prepare graduates for roles in administration, government, or academia. Our estimated budget for the program is $300,000.

Project Team

Kenneth Cornetta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medical & Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine

James Akiruga, MD
Family Physician and Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine
Moi University School of Medicine

Juli McGowan Boit, MSN, FNP
International Director
Living Room International

Colleen Brown, MD
Director, Adult & Pediatric Supportive Care
Ascension St. Vincent Hospital

Lindsay Dow, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hussein Elias, MD
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
Moi University College of Health Sciences

Clarissa Johnston, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Peter Kussin, MD
Professor of Medicine, Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Duke University School of Medicine

Jeremiah Laktabai, MD
Head of Family Medicine Department
Moi University College of Health Sciences

Allison Tarus, MPH
Program Development Liason
Living Room International


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Reaching the Patients in Need