Training Site: Kenya
Consortium Universities: University of Washington, University of Minnesota, and University of Michigan
Partner Institutions: University of Nairobi, Kenya Medical Research Institute, and the Ministry Of Health
Collaborating Research Grants: 21
Training Grants: 3
Research Themes: infectious disease, maternal and child health, nutrition, and veterinary medicine
International Institutional Partner Director:John Kinuthia MBChB, MMed, M.P.H., Obstetrician/Gynecologist Kenyatta National Hospital Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nairobi
For a list of available projects in Kenya: click here.
University of Nairobi: The University of Nairobi (UON) College of Health Sciences was established in 1968, and was the only medical school in Kenya for more than two decades. The UON College of Health Sciences has over 300 faculty, and graduates annually 280 doctors – more than half of all Kenyan doctors introduced into the workforce each year – 61 pharmacists, 30 dentists and 38 nurses. The UON also graduates more than 145 postgraduates each year.
Since 1985, the Universities of Washington and Nairobi have been involved in collaborative research and training to study mother-to-child HIV transmission, management of pediatric HIV, HAART adherence interventions, and prevention of HIV transmission in HIV-discordant couples. This UW/Kenya collaborative group has increased local capacity through training U.S. and Kenyan research scientists to perform integrated research on prevention, care and treatment of HIV-related conditions, thereby strengthening academic programs at both institutions. More than 75 individuals affiliated with UON have received training through the UW, with 33 earning advanced degrees (MPH or PhD). Over 120 publications have resulted from research by Kenyan trainees and U.S. fellows and students supported by the UW AITRP with an additional 130 manuscripts co-authored by UW and UON faculty. Twelve NIH and non-federal grants are currently being implemented in conjunction with UON faculty in Kenya. Additionally, 5 UON faculty trained via the UW AITRP, have successfully applied for PEPFAR funding, with awards in 2009 totaling nearly US$10 million. Our trainees are highly successful and have made important scientific contributions, assumed leadership positions in research and health care, and influenced HIV prevention, care and treatment policies in Kenya, in Africa and globally. Drs. Elizabeth Bukusi, Chief Research Officer and Deputy Director of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), James Kiarie, Senior Lecturer and PI of the Kenya MEPI project are both graduates of the UW AIRTP (see letters of support).
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI): is the principal medical research institute in Kenya and has collaborated with the UW AITRP since 1989, when the first of seven KEMRI researchers received long-term training at the UW. KEMRI operates the referral laboratory for East Africa and has a 40-bed research ward. Funding for KEMRI comes from the Kenyan government, the CDC, Walter Reed Institute, and the Japanese International Corporation Agency. KEMRI provides a productive research environment for UW AITRP trainees with many joint projects currently conducted and offering opportunities for additional postdoctoral trainees. PI’s from UMN have conducted NIH-funded research and training on the relationship between malaria transmission and immunity with KEMRI since 1996. Dr. John currently has an FIC D43 training grant in Kenya supporting the study of this research topic. The USAID sponsored RESPOND project also has a grant with the MOH to develop curriculum in zoonotic diseases in Kenya.