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Boehringer Ingelheim. (1/24/19). "Press Release: Boehringer Ingelheim Partners with AMPATH to Scale Up Knowledge, Skills and Training for Healthcare Providers in Kenya". Ingelheim.

Region Region Kenya
Organisations Organisation Boehringer Ingelheim (Group)
  Organisation 2 AMPATH Consortium
Products Product healthcare
  Product 2 diagnostic services

> Partnership with AMPATH aims to advance Boehringer Ingelheim’s Healthcare Initiative In Reach Africa

> Collaboration partnership to build a holistic and sustainable health system in Kenya

Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the AMPATH Consortium recently announced their partnership to enable better healthcare access and expertise for local communities and healthcare providers in Kenya. Special focus will be given to developing community-based strategies, geared towards enhancing local skillsets and expertise among medical personnel, improving referral mechanisms and services, and increasing access to essential diabetes and hypertension medication.

Boehringer Ingelheim will primarily support AMPATH’s programs with funding, in-kind support, and expertise as part of its In Reach Africa initiative. “With the aim of enabling vital healthcare access, imparting invaluable skills to the local workforce and also improving referral process, we will work closely in partnership with the AMPATH team to support their ability to improve the quality of care offered to patients,” said Ayman Eissa, Head of Human Pharma – Sub-Saharan Africa at Boehringer Ingelheim.

In the foreground is AMPATH’s integrated cardiovascular disease (CVD) management program, which focuses on community screening for diabetes and hypertension, with those testing positive referred to a health center. Boehringer Ingelheim will support with the training of healthcare workers, the acquisition of basic diagnostic devices such as glucometers, blood pressure machines, weighing scales, and appropriate tools for monitoring and evaluation.

Healthcare providers will be equipped with knowledge and skills to manage hypertension and diabetes. In addition, a care program at all levels of the health care system will be implemented so that care is targeted and available depending on the severity of the disease.

“Helping people means so much more than medical treatment. It’s only when we combine care with nutrition and family support, education, counseling, health insurance, food and income security, and self-sufficiency that we truly change lives for the better,” said Dr Jeremiah Laktabai, Head of Population Services at AMPATH. “At the community level, we will focus on screening and linking patients with hypertension and diabetes to providing adequate care. At the lowest level health facilities, we will support nurses with training, mentorship, and referral guidelines. With increased screening efforts using various community-based strategies, we will increase access to care through both group- and facility-based care, and finally increase access to essential medications for diabetes and hypertension through strengthening the existing supply chain mechanisms, and using innovations such as our revolving fund pharmacies.”

Improving referral mechanisms and services will also be a key component of ensuring a care system that links primary and specialty chronic disease services. Cardiovascular disease represents an important complication of uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension that is now the leading cause of non-communicable disease deaths globally.

In Kenya, hypertension treatment and control rates have been reported as suboptimal. For example, in a cross-sectional study looking at prevalence, treatment and control of hypertension among type 2 diabetic patients at a referral hospital, good blood pressure control was observed in only 40% of patients. As of 2017, it was estimated that there were 458.900 reported cases of diabetes in Kenya, set to rise even further to 498,000 cases by the year 20301. This makes it all the more imperative to put comprehensive healthcare protocols in place, which will be aided as a result of the new partnership between Boehringer Ingelheim and the AMPATH Consortium. In another population-based cross-sectional survey of two slums in Nairobi, only 20% of patients who had diabetes were aware of their condition and fewer than 5% of patients had their blood glucose under control2. Therefore, early diagnosis and linkage to care are important cornerstones of successful management of chronic illnesses and prevention of acute complications.

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Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation daily for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals.

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AMPATH is a partnership between Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, North American universities led by Indiana University, and the Kenyan Government. The consortium works together to exchange knowledge, share resources, train medical professionals, and reach patients and whole communities.

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