May Maloba

In the heart of Kenya, I found my purpose. As the Chief Executive Director for Global Health Innovation (GHI), I’ve committed my life to making a difference in vulnerable populations, especially HIV pregnant women, children, adolescents, and women of reproductive age. The journey began in 2008 and continues to this day, fueled by the joy and hope we bring to these individuals. One of our landmark projects, the HIV Infant Tracking System, has significantly reduced the number of HIV positive infants in our intervention sites. These results are a testament to our innovative approach, but the real impact lies in the stories of the lives we touch. I remember a mother, newly diagnosed with HIV, who was initially discouraged and fearful. But through our system of text messages and counseling, she adhered to instructions and her baby was born HIV-free. Now, her child is in grade 4, thriving and healthy. She even joined our program to support other mothers like her. It’s moments like these that reaffirm the importance of our work. However, our mission doesn’t stop at healthcare. We’re also focused on economically empowering our clients, especially teenage mothers facing rejection and financial struggles. We aim to train them in skills to open up businesses and engage in farming, fostering self-sufficiency and resilience. There’s a unique sense of fulfillment that comes from serving underserved communities. Despite the challenges – resource limitations, transportation issues, and societal pressures – the smiles on our patients’ faces, the hope in their eyes, and the transformation in their lives make it all worthwhile. Every day at GHI is another chance to change a life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.