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HJFMRI in Kenya

Since 2001, HJFMRI and research partners in Kenya have advanced a wide range of infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response research to study HIV, antimicrobial resistance, malaria drug resistance, influenza, enteric pathogens, acute febrile illness, Rift Valley fever, vector-borne illnesses, and other infectious diseases.  

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Emerging Diseases

HJFMRI has collaborated with U.S. and Kenyan partners to conduct clinical trials for vaccines against emerging infectious disease threats including Ebola, COVID-19, polio, and others. HJFMRI also provides support to the U.S. DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) System, which supports and informs force health protection decision making while enhancing global health security through prevention, detection, and response to infectious disease threats.

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HIV Research and PEPFAR

HJFMRI helps implement an international HIV vaccine research program in collaboration with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) based in Kericho. In complement to research efforts, HJFMRI has been successfully implementing high-impact, comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Through its close partnerships with host-country Ministries of Health and Defense, academic institutions, and non-governmental agencies, HJFMRI maximizes impact of USG and private sector donor funding, ensuring contribution to the development of sustainable systems. 

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Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)

The CHAMPS Network was established to develop a long-term network of high-quality sites to collect robust, standardized longitudinal data with the ultimate goal of understanding and tracking preventable causes of childhood death globally. HJFMRI partners with several nonprofit and governmental organizations health surveillance capacity in Kisumu and Siaya Counties in Kenya to use CHAMPS data for public health action.

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HJFMRI Regional Office

Through the HJFMRI Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya, HJFMRI provides management and administrative support to its international programs. HJFMRI hires host-country staff with regional expertise both for administrative oversight as well as technical execution. In addition to its Regional Office, HJFMRI opened the HJFMRI Western Kenya Office in the town of Kisumu in 2020 to better support the Government of Kenya and our partners in the region. 

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Kericho Clinical Research Center

HJF and HJFMRI provide critical support for the Kericho Clinical Research Center, which became the first laboratory in Kenya to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists. The lab also receives support from KEMRI, HJF and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP). The Kericho CRC has conducted Phase 1 to 4 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and IND/FDA-regulated studies.