Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Moi University (MU) and Academic Model Providing Access To Healthcare (AMPATH) today (28th March, 2019) appreciated and celebrated 30 years of Professor Joe & Sarah Ellen Mamlin.
The colourful ceremony held at MTRH Graduation grounds recognized Prof. Mamlin’s great achievements which include: HIV/AIDS management, working as a Consultant Physician/ Internal Medicine at MTRH Nyayo Wards, teaching/ examining students at Moi University School of Medicine and Population Health Program. AMPATH started with one patient and is now serving over 200,000 patients in North Rift, Western Kenya, parts of Eastern Uganda and South Sudan.
The Program enrolled HIV positive patients to be managed through the satellite clinics spread in AMPATH catchment area.
Prof. Mamlim with his wife Sarah Ellen Mamlin were the first Americans to work with MTRH and through their leadership and vision, came the collaboration with North American Universities partnering in many programs with MTRH and Moi University School of Medicine.
The collaborations saw Mamlin become the central figure. On the local scene, the success of the achievements was then spearheaded by Prof. Haroun Mengech, former Director of MTRH.
While enumerating his journey, Prof. Joe Mamlin said the much he has done with support of MTRH Management and Moi University School of Medicine has seen MTRH become the leading healthcare provider in East Africa. He urged the current leadership of the Hospital led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, to ensure the fast realization of Population Health Program transforming to Universal Healthcare.
Speaking during the farewell party, Dr. Aruasa recognized Mrs. Sarah Ellen Mamlin’s efforts in Sally Test and Child Life Centre in MTRH under her leadership, which he stated, is the only one in Africa. The program assists sick children while in the Hospital to ease pain and continue their wellbeing as they heal.
Under the AMPATH program, Scientific research carried out in MTRH is credited for improvement of life of sick people and preventing infection from one partner to another and also making it possible for people living with HIV to have children free of HIV.
The CEO commended the great work done by Prof. Mamlin, saying his leadership nurtured new leaders now managing the successful programs he initiated. Dr. Aruasa said his is a great mentorship that the rest of the country can borrow to achieve milestones in all sectors.
He observed that the current Dean, School of Medicine Prof. Lukoye Atwoli and himself are leaders who benefited from this great Journey started by Prof. Mamlin.
The CEO reiterated that the Hospital will ensure the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Universal Healthcare is attained. He also noted that the development of MTRH through its Centres of Excellence is primarily due to partnerships which have added great value in our healthcare systems.
Other dignitaries present included: Prof. Haroun K. Arap Mengech, Principal-Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Lukoye Atwoli,Dean Moi University School of Medicine, Prof. Adrian Gardner, IU Field Director, Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo, Chief of Party AMPATHPlus, Prof. Daniel Tarus, DVC-Finance and Planning, Moi University, Dr. Saratiel Nyabera MTRH Senior Director-Clinical Services, Dr. Ndege, Prof. Nyandiko, Prof. Mining, Prof. Otsyula, MTRH Management & Staff, AMPATH Staff and representatives from Counties in the region.