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How is the Riley Mother Baby Hospital in Kenya impacting mothers?

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Air date: December 2, 2012

Host: Barbara Lewis

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Interview: James Lemons, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Riley Hospital.



Indiana University School of Medicine has partnered with Moi University in Kenya since 2001 to provide holistic health care to Kenyans. James Lemons, M.D., professor of pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, discusses his contribution to the creation of the Riley Mother Baby Hospital in Kenya. Lemons says the creation of the hospital was driven by the marginalization of mothers and babies in developing countries. Over 8,000 babies a year are delivered at the hospital, which is run by Kenyan physicians and nurses. Through their efforts, the rate of transmission of HIV between mothers and babies in Kenya has declined from 35 percent to less than 1 percent because of screening efforts by AMPATH and the IU School of Medicine and Moi University partnership. This is a monumental move toward eliminating the incidence of childhood HIV in Africa.

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