This past Friday, we said goodbye to two of our consultants, Dr. Revathi Ravi and Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke. Both are Global Health Innovation and Leadership fellows within Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. Additionally, both are currently MPH candidates at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. We were so fortunate to have them work alongside our Sagam staff for the past two years, and they have both accomplished a tremendous amount throughout their time here.
Dr. Oluwakemi Adegoke (“Dr. Kemi”) is an attending in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, Washington. Here at Sagam Community Hospital, she served as our Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist. Dr. Kemi brought her passion for educating patients on reproductive health and family planning to improve the lives of those here in western Kenya. She ran our weekly OB-GYN outpatient clinic and served as a clinician at Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), a non-governmental organization closely affiliated with Sagam Community Hospital.
In addition to her impressive clinical work here at Sagam, Dr. Kemi also focused on research in Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH), and specifically the use of the Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT). Her commitment to serving patients in low-resource areas resulted in the improvement of the UBT program. Additionally, she is working on determining the facilitators and barriers that are involved in the larger uptake of the UBT device in other countries such as Tanzania. As a consultant, Dr. Kemi proved to be an excellent instructor for our staff, especially our interns and residents. We are a stronger team because of Dr. Kemi’s knowledge and commitment to improving Sagam Community Hospital. Now that she has completed her time as a consultant with us, Dr. Kemi will be heading to Boston, Massachusetts, to continue to pursue her MPH in Quantitative Methods at Harvard University.
Our other departing consultant, Dr. Revathi Ravi, served as our medicine and pediatrics specialist at SCH. Dr. Ravi is passionate about strengthening global health systems, and that was clearly represented in her commitment to teaching our Clinical Officers, Interns, Residents, and Nurses. Dr. Ravi focused on improving our neonatal care by hosting multiple trainings on Helping Babies Breathe with our clinical staff, enabling them to be better prepared to prevent infant mortality.
One of Dr. Ravi’s most impactful accomplishments was serving as the founder of the ESM-NRB Bubble CPAP program in Kenya. ESM-NRB is one of AIHT and Sagam’s hallmark programs. Today the program exists in four facilities across Siaya county, and we look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Ravi to expand the impact of this life-saving device and improve the health outcomes of newborns in Kenya. Dr. Ravi will now return to Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue her Masters of Public Health and resume her role as an attending physician in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Our two departing consultants have left an immeasurable impact during their time here. We are proud to have worked with such incredible physicians and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the field of global health. Asante Sana and safe travels to you both!
To learn more about our partnership with MGH GHHR and their fellows visit: http://www.massgeneral.org/emergencymedicineglobalhealth/education/Global_Health_Leadership_Fellows.aspx