AMPATH: Leading with Care

Through the IU Center for Global Health and AMPATH consortium, IUPUI has worked on many of the SDGs for more than three decades.

SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) Mapping:
The IU Leadership of the AMPATH Consortium, IU School of Medicine

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Brief Overview


The relationship between Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Moi University School of Medicine, and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital began 1989 when four IU School of Medicine physicians formed a partnership with the new medical school in Eldoret, Kenya. This three-decade partnership, now known as AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare), includes a consortium of more than a dozen other academic health centers throughout the world led by Indiana University.


Doctors working in Kenya as a part of AMPATH  AMPATH Centre building, Eldoret

Collectively, these partners have established one of the world’s largest and most successful HIV care and control programs that has lessened the barriers to accessing antiretroviral therapy and improved the outcomes for people living with HIV, as well as continues to make significant progress toward meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Agenda 2030.


Today, AMPATH serves a population of over 8 million in its western Kenya catchment area and there are currently 170,000 people living with HIV enrolled in care in over 800 care sites.  Working with the Kenya Ministry of Health, the AMPATH partnership is focused on building a health system in the public sector that leads with care in responding to the needs of the population, including people with diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis as well as non-communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. This commitment to care provides the foundation for research to improve lives around the world and bidirectional educational opportunities to train future global health leaders from all member institutions of the partnership.

AMPATH Partnership and the SDGs

The AMPATH partnership is responsible for a restoration of both health and wealth for many Kenyans living with HIV and other serious illnesses through medical research, improved healthcare, and patient support. Over the past decade, many IUPUI schools have joined the Moi University partnership and developed initiatives supporting AMPATH efforts, such as: The Social Science Research Network integrating the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, traditional medicine, and geography with health; the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret (LACE) addressing human rights issues faced by Kenyans with HIV; and an engaged bioethics training partnership between Moi University and Indiana University.

Collectively, these transformative partnerships are targeting 11 SDGs, most notably SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being. AMPATH is specifically targeting:

SDG 1 – No Poverty

  • 1.4 AMPATH’s microfinance loan program for informal sector workers

SDG 2 – Zero Hunger

  • 2.3-2.5 AMPATH and Corteva farmer outreach and knowledge-sharing program
  • 2.3 Micofinance groups with financial and insurance component

SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

  • 3.3 Care and treatment for people living with HIV
  • 3.1 The Chamas program for maternal-child health
  • 3.1 & 3.2 The WeCare community health program to decrease infant mortality
  • 3.4 Non-communicable disease and mental health treatment
  • 3.8 Revolving fund pharmacies
  • 3.1-3.8 The AMPATH Research Network   
  • 3.C Medical training opportunities
  • 3.2 Specialized care for infants and children
  • 3.7 Reproductive health care
  • 3.8 Creating a sustainable care system in the public sector inclusive of universal health coverage
  • 3.3 & 3.9 Clean air and safe water efforts

SDG 4 – Education

  • 4.1-4.7 Medical student, post-graduate, and specialty training in partnership with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
    4.4 Tumaini Innovation Center of alternative education for current and former Eldoret street youth

SDG 5 – Gender Equality

  • 5.5 Young female faculty programs with Moi University
    5.2 The sexual and gender-based violence care clinic at Moi Hospital
    5.6 Focus on gender equity in reproductive health programs
    5.3 The Rafiki Centre for adolescent health and vulnerable street youth    
    5.1 Legal Aid Centre-Eldoret

SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

  • 6.1 The Maji Safi Initiative for clean water at the household, school, and community-levels
    6.2 & 6.B AMPATH handwashing stations for community group meetings

SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • 8.3 Development of workforce, organizational and physical infrastructure
    8.5 & 8.6 The Creation Hive that inspires, prepares, and employs individuals and families affected by life-altering disease
    8.6 Collaborative research publications

SDG 10 – Reduce Inequalities

  • 10.6 Supporting and working towards healthcare for all
    10.2 Bidirectional training opportunities
    10.2 Creation of shared research infrastructure and operation
    10.2 Reciprocal innovation incubators among IU and Kenyan colleagues

SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

  • 16.9 Partnerships with county governments in order to expand national healthcare insurance coverage throughout underserved communities
    16.9 Partnership efforts to help Kenyan citizens obtain needed legal documents for health care insurance

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

  • 17.6 Leading collaborative institutional and individual efforts to promote health and wellness throughout western Kenya
    17.6 Creating a sustainable model of partnership in medicine and care
    17.6 & 17.9 Establishing the AMPATH Consortium that includes universities from around the world  
    17.9 Fostering reciprocal innovation efforts.

Making the World a Better Place Through the SDGs

Project ECHO

Gerardo Maupome, Associate Dean of Research, acting on behalf of Andrea Janota, Director of the IUPUI Echo Center, presented in a 5-minute video as a part of the 2022 IUPUI International Festival - IUPUI SDG Day.

Greening Surgery: A Global Partnership

Kevin Gianaris, a student of the IU School of Medicine, presented his work in a 5-minute video as a part of the 2022 IUPUI International Festival - IUPUI SDG Day.

Global Science Education to Discover Drugs for Neglected Diseases

Bill Scott, a research professor in the IUPUI Department of Chemistry, presented his work in a 5-minute video as a part of the 2022 IUPUI International Festival - IUPUI SDG Day.

Working Together for a Healthier World for All

E. Angeles Martinez Mier presented his work in a 5-minute video as a part of the 2022 IUPUI International Festival - IUPUI SDG Day.