Dr. Sonak Pastakia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Through his unique position, he holds a joint appointment at the Moi University School of Medicine based in Eldoret, Kenya and the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is based full time in western Kenya where he works with the Nobel Prize Nominated AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) program. Through his efforts in Kenya, he has assumed a variety of roles including, serving as a consultant for Abbott to design chronic disease care in India, being a founding member and a member of the board of directors of the Tumaini Street Youth Center, serving as co-chair of the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH) Pharmacy department, and being a principal investigator or co-investigator on several National Institutes of Health and Medical Research Council Grants. Within these roles, he has focused on implementing a wide variety of programs including a rural diabetes care program which currently serves over 5,000 patients with diabetes and has screened over 50,000 people, a portable care system linked to microfinance groups which provides chronic disease management services, a pharmacy distribution system which provides antiretroviral medications to over 150,000 HIV-infected patients receiving care at over 500 clinics throughout western Kenya, and an anticoagulation monitoring program which serves over 2,700 patients.
Africa Bureau Health Team
With the Africa Bureau, Sonak Pastakia is helping to coordinate activities amongst the many US governmental agencies involved with supporting development efforts in Africa. His primary focus areas are to create mechanisms by which programs for Universal Health Coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa can be advanced. In addition, he is also working to promote multi-sectoral efforts to enhance the depth, breadth, and quality of service delivery for programs supported by USAID in the Africa region.