I have had a lot of pediatrics-related guests with me during this time in Kenya. I have 2 MPH interns that I am supervising, a pediatric resident engaging in a 2-month research elective, a new pediatric research coordinator, and various pediatric faculty members visiting, including the director of the pediatrics residency program who is visiting Kenya for the first time.
I brought this pediatrics team to meet my Kenyan family, who run an agricultural training center, a primary school, and a children’s home for orphans just outside of Eldoret. They gave us the opportunity to leave a lasting mark of our time together — and to help them in their quest to improve the environment of the Rift Valley — by planting trees that will aid in preventing erosion and improving the quality of the soil. Another strike against deforestation in Kenya…
I also hosted a big nyama choma (roasted meat) feast for my entire study team, with all of my research assistants, study coordinators, and clinical officers. Much goat and chicken were eaten, and we enjoyed our time with everyone’s families. Happy times with my team as we expand our research work to four new sites and embark on recruiting 400 new families into our adherence study.