Lilly Partners to Improve Life in Kenya
By David Marbaugh
Lilly is proud to play a small role in supporting the work of a truly inspirational man, Joe Mamlin, M.D., and the organization he helped create to assist the people of Kenya that lack access to basic healthcare.
Mamlin is one of the forefathers of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). He remains a central figure to the organization, which was created in 2001 as a response to the HIV crisis in Kenya. AMPATH has since grown into a highly respected international research and care consortium.
Led in Eldoret by medical teams from the Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital, AMPATH provides care based on individual needs—from treating diabetes to preventing hunger-related complications—and has been nominated three times for the Noble Peace Prize.
Lilly became a part of the AMPATH story in 2002 when Dr. Mamlin saw a need for insulin and asked his colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine to contact us for donations. Over the years, our donations became even more diverse as we added mental health and oncology products to each growing shipment.
Nearly $60 million worth of product later, Lilly donations enable initiatives, such as the revolving fund pharmacy and mental health services, to flourish for the 3.5 million people AMPATH serves in Kenya and surrounding countries.
Watch this video to learn more about the remarkable Dr. Mamlin and our partnership with AMPATH.
You can learn more about Lilly’s efforts to improve global health through our recently published 2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Highlights.