Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in AIHT, Events, Recent News | 0 comments

Ambira County at Sagam

2019 has been a busy year already for the African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT) at Sagam Community Hospital with us hosting training on Perioperative Procedures which includes our Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies Ketamine (ESM-Ketamine)™ Anaesthesia Training Program. The focus of this training is to support the strengthening of surgical services across the region as counties focus on opening new theatre and training staff. With a focus on improving the quality of surgical care given including pre-op care, in theatre and post-op care, we also focus on  a life-saving, award-winning safe anesthesia solution in areas of Kenya with limited access to anesthesia services. As Universal Health Coverage (UHC) becomes a priority in Kenya, an important pillar is quality of care and we are proud to support this effort in Kenya. 

Theatre Time!

 In January, AIHT  hosted trainees from Ambira Sub-County Hospital in Siaya County, which has just opened a new theatre; while in February, we hosted trainees from Homa Bay County Teaching &  Referral Hospital.  The team from Ambira consisted of 3 Clinical Officers, a Medical Officer, 1 Medical Officer Intern and 2 nurses. In addition, we had 2 nurse anaesthetists from the U.S. that came to observe the January training. The team from Homa Bay consisted of a Clinical Officer Anaesthetist, a Clinical Officer and 3 nurses. In addition to the training, each institution received a Ketamine kit. 

Javan with the Homa Bay Team

This was the second hospital to be trained in Siaya (after the Siaya County Referal Hospital) while this was the first team from Homa Bay. We are excited to have Homa Bay join Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Wajir, Samburu, Turkana, Mandera and Garissa as counties that have health providers trained under the programme. 

So far this year, we completed 27 surgeries successfully as part of the practical training for the participants.

Dr. Sebastian Suarez helps in the session on Helping Babies Breathe

We would like the SCH staff for working so hard during this Ketamine Week.  Also thank you to the County Health Management Teams from Siaya and Homa Bay Counties  for supporting their participants who were able to come on short notice and were excellent students.   

The AIHT Perioperative and ESM-Ketamine Training Team

Our faculty:

Javan Imbamba, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)

Wenslaus Adenya, Clinical Officer, Ketamine Champion (SCH)

Juma Jaqtone, Anaesthetist (SCH)

Dan Kavole, Anaesthetist (SCH)

Sebastian Suarez, Associate Global Research Scientist (Massachussetts General Hospital – MGH)


Our surgical staff at SCH:

Dr. Taha Yusufali, Chief of Surgery 

Dr. Nyamogo, OB/GYN consultant and Assistant Team Leader for the ESM-Ketamine Project

Dr. Emmanuel Ligeyo – Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Richard Luate – Family and Emergency Medicine Resident t

Dr. Emmily Koiti – Medical Officer Intern

Lucy Atieno, Surgical Tech

Samuel Orondo, Surgical Registered Nurse

Kashmir Owino, Surgical Tech


Additional staff members;

Debora Rogo, General Manager

Juddy Odhiambo, Administrative Manager



Alissa Worstell, Nurse Anaesthetist, CRNA, MSN, Indiana University Health Arnett (Lafeyette, Indiana)

Alyona Bogdanova, Nurse Anesthetist, CRNA, Duke University Hospital (Durham, North Carolina)


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