Kenyan native, Peter Kithene, is the founder of Mama Maria Clinics – an innovative, sustainable healthcare solution for Kenya’s rural poor. Peter Kithene holds a BA in Psychology, and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Public Health – both degrees from the University of Washington. Peter has successfully combined his unique background and visionary perspective on how and why rural villages, like the one he was raised in endure the problems they do – along with his education – to create a sustainable answer to the problem of healthcare.
Peter divides his time between Kenya, and his home in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Katrina, and sons, Mathó and Zakayo, and their dog Toby. In 2007, Peter was named, out of a pool of more than 7,000 applicants from 93 countries, as CNN’s Global Heroes “Medical Marvel” honoree for his work in developing rural healthcare in Africa. In 2008, he was also called out as one of University of Washington’s “Wondrous 100″ — one of 100 described as UW’s “extraordinary and influential living graduates.” As Peter’s academic career draws to a close, he is excited to see his model of innovative care scale throughout Kenya.
March 10, 2013 / Peter Kithene
The amazing, equalizing role soccer plays can have benefits that extend far beyond the playing fields. There will be an event March 23rd at the Bill & Melinda Gates Visitor Center to celebrate what this game can do for others.
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September 10, 2012 / Peter Kithene
I understand to the last detail what this crop, cassava, means to the typical African family.
August 20, 2012 / Peter Kithene
The truth is, for the majority of Kenyans, access to and the ability to afford healthcare is a daily, often life-or-death, reality.
July 31, 2012 / Peter Kithene
Deeply embedded in the complexity of the rural village are stories of people most of us will never meet, let alone know to champion for.
July 23, 2012 / Peter Kithene
One of the more eye-opening things I’ve experienced here at the foundation has been simply attending meetings. Mostly I just sit, listen, and absorb; but almost always there comes a moment where I can’t help but jump in.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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