Bentz Whaley Flessner

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded $2.5 million to strengthen program development and establish an endowed chair at the Indiana University Center for Global Health for its AMPATH initiatives in Kenya.

Matching funds committed through the IUPUI IMPACT fundraising campaign bolster the grant, bringing its total value to $4 million. The Indiana University Foundation will invest and manage the funds.

AMPATH— the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare—is the cornerstone of the Center for Global Health. It is a collaboration between Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and a consortium of North American academic institutions led by the IU School of Medicine. AMPATH has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the U.S. government recognized its comprehensive nature and effectiveness by awarding IU a coveted $65 million, five-year grant to help fund it.

“The Indiana University Center for Global Health and AMPATH exemplify the international impact of Indiana University and the tremendous compassion of Hoosiers, who have lent their time, talent and funds to bring life-saving medical services to underserved areas in the world,” said Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. “This extraordinary commitment from Lilly Endowment will allow us to expand the scope of the program and further demonstrate to the world that our university and state are leaders in global health. This international program has served as a catalyst for bringing far-reaching educational opportunities to IU students and faculty for more than 20 years.”

Full text for this article available via Indiana University, 3/12/12.

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