Woman holding her infant.

Journey travelers will visit western Kenya, where PATH is leading East Africa’s largest health integration project. Photo: PATH/Eric Becker.

Follow the trail of health innovation—from the lab to village health clinics

Kenya is home to PATH’s largest country program and one of our oldest. Because the country has a young population and high rates of HIV infection, we developed life-changing programs to address both HIV/AIDS and adolescent and reproductive health. In recent years, we’ve brought our expertise to a range of other critical health issues, including the country’s high rates of infant and child deaths.

PATH now reaches into villages across the region with proven strategies—3.7 million people were reached with dramatic improvements in care for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health in just one year. Through innovative approaches tailored to local needs, PATH is helping to dramatically improve the health of women, children, and families in Kenya.

Journey to Kenya brings travelers to the heart of this inspiring context.

The eight-day Kenya PATH Journey takes travelers to western Kenya, where PATH is leading East Africa’s largest health integration project. Participants will witness the spectrum of our work, from laboratory-based research and development to innovative health solutions designed for clinics, schools, and homes. Your traveling companions include current and prospective donors and influencers who are keenly interested in maternal and women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and malaria, and who want to witness the connection between technological innovation and individual lives saved.

Over the course of the trip, participants experience small-group tours with PATH staff and partners, authentic discussion with the people and communities we serve, and candid conversations with leaders and entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors. Open blocks provide time for reflection, additional discussion, and optional cultural excursions. In the evenings, trip leaders and fellow travelers meet to share insights and impressions from the day.

Sample itinerary

June 14: Fly to Kenya

  • Travel to Nairobi via overnight flight.

June 15: Nairobi

  • After checking in at Fairview Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel, relax and enjoy a late dinner in the hotel restaurant.

June 16: Kisumu/Siaya

  • Breakfast at the hotel restaurant and trip orientation.
  • Check out of hotel and take 50-minute flight to Kisumu.
  • Visit with key staff from our health integration project, APHIAplus, and learn how the project has reached millions of Kenyans with care for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health.
  • Visit Kenya Medical Research Institute, and talk to scientists and technical personnel involved in Kenya’s burgeoning medical research.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit a malaria vaccine clinical trial site to see how new vaccines are tested for safety and efficacy.
  • Travel by road to Siaya to visit an early childhood development project. Talk to staff and health workers from community-based organizations trained in improving health, education, and social services for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Meet the staff of PATH’s Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA). Learn how we’re partnering with the national government to reduce malaria deaths, and see how laboratory research is having on-the-ground impact.
  • Arrive at Sovereign Hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner at hotel restaurant.

June 17: Bungoma

  • Take a two-hour trip via car to Bungoma.
  • Observe how community support programs are helping orphans and other vulnerable children.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit the Mama SASHA project, which links agriculture, nutrition, and health services to improve the health of pregnant women and children.
  • Return to Kisumu.
  • Enjoy dinner with local partners and staff.

June 18: Kakamega

  • Travel one hour by car to Kakamega. 
  • See how staff at Kakamega County Hospital are providing integrated service delivery to patients while piloting PATH medical devices.
  • Observe HIV-prevention activities in the community.
  • Lunch.
  • Travel to Kakamega Rainforest to explore Kenya’s only tropical rainforest and its wildlife.
  • Return to Sovereign Hotel in Kisumu.
  • Enjoy dinner with key staff.

June 19: Kisumu

  • Leave for Butere, a one-hour drive by car.
  • Visit a school-based program where students are learning health, hygiene, and life skills.
  • Participate in a health action day.
  • Lunch.
  • Return to Kisumu.
  • Visit Kisumu Museum or the main market for a unique cultural experience.
  • After an early dinner, visit Hippo Point to watch the sunset over Lake Victoria.
  • Fly to Nairobi.

June 20: Nairobi

  • Visit Maasai Market where local jewelry, clothing, and crafts are sold.
  • Lunch.
  • Drive to Bomas of Kenya to see traditional music and dance.
  • Farewell dinner with group
  • Return to Nairobi hotel.

June 21: Travel home

  • Travel on to Nairobi National Park to see such wildlife as lions, leopards, giraffes, and more than 400 species of birds.
  • Depart for home country
  • Arrive in United States or country of origin.

Interested in learning more?

For more information about this invitation-only opportunity, please contact:

Jenny Andrews, program leader
Tel: 206.302.4565