Kenya, a country of 41 million people, could have as many as 4,000 individuals with hemophilia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that only 2,500 may still be living. As of 2009, Kenya had only one Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) which had identified approximately 450 patients, 200 of whom were considered lost to follow-up.
In 2010 the IHTC began a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya to support individuals with bleeding disorders. MTRH is the second largest referral hospital in Kenya, and one of only a few medical schools in the country. MTRH has partnered with Indiana University for over twenty years to create the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program. The IHTC joined this AMPATH collaboration to begin western Kenya’s first comprehensive HTC. In 2011, the IHTC and the newly formed HTC at MTRH were recognized as official twinning partners through the World Federation of Hemophilia’s Twinning Program.
Watch this video to learn about the creation of the IHTC Kenya Partnership and the program’s recent efforts.