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Peter Kithene

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Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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.

Posts By Peter Kithene

Soccer, The Equalizer

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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Fighting Famine in Kenya One (Cassava) Crop at a Time

I understand to the last detail what this crop, cassava, means to the typical African family.

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For Poor Kenyans, Health Care is a Life-or-Death Struggle

The truth is, for the majority of Kenyans, access to and the ability to afford healthcare is a daily, often life-or-death, reality.

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What Tolerance and Equality Have to do with Health Care

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.

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A Voice for My People

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.

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