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A Little Piece of Kenya

Kristen Abbott and other people outside of the Ampath Center in KenyaPassion for people. Passion for health care.

Those passions are what drove Kristen Abbott to participate in the Purdue Kenya Program. As a fourth-year professional PharmD student, Abbott says her education and training at Purdue provided the perfect training for her work in Kenya. There, she joined other students and faculty from the University in a mission to build sustainable access to high-quality care for millions of people.

"This is not an experience easily comparable to any that I would experience in America," she says. "It seems like my whole life has been teaching me lessons in anticipation of my experience in Kenya. I became so committed to my patients that it was truly painful when it came time for me to leave."

You don't have to look far to see the impact of the program on the people of Kenya — from improved diabetes and oncology care to the HIV pharmacy, Purdue faculty and students are saving lives by improving health care and access to medications.

"Excellent patient care is our first priority, but we are also developing our students into global health champions through this training," says Ellen Schellhase, coordinator of the Purdue Kenya Program. "One of our sayings is that in each of our participants lives a little piece of Kenya."

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