|Book Review: "Walking Together, Walking Far," by Fran Quigley|
Book Review: "Walking Together, Walking Far," by Fran Quigley
Qurat-ul-ain Jelani, New York University School of Medicine
There are times when a jolt is enough to move you out of your slumber or to give voice to agitated silence or to galvanize a whole movement. Daniel Ochieng was the jolt that served not only as the premise for the book under review but changed, rather negated, the global health community’s perspectives and consequently their plans on tackling the African AIDS pandemic. The plight of Daniel, a medical student in Kenya, hopelessly suffering from AIDS, lead to a protracted but an ultimately fruitful struggle that ensured HIV/AIDS treatment for the hundreds of thousands of patients in Kenya. This is a book that also highlights the importance of collaboration for the successful initiation and completion of global health initiatives. Two schools, located in two different continents, come together in a difficult yet determined partnership to administer antiretroviral treatment in Kenya. The partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya resulted in one of the most effective programs to combat and control HIV/AIDS in Africa - this program, known as the Academic Model for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, or AMPATH, was subsequently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.