Celebrating 25 Years of Research in the Community: 1989 - 2014
In 1989 the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), one of Africa's leading health research institutions, formed a landmark partnership with the Wellcome Trust and the University of Oxford, to establish a research programme on the coast of Kenya, the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. Over 25 years, the programme has grown from a small group of around 12 people to become a major Programme with about 800 staff working across Kenya and conducting collaborative research in many other countries in the region. Our goal has been to find ways to harness research to achieve better health for all in Africa whilst working with the local community as well as developing African scientific leadership. 25th Anniversary PDF

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  • Seminal intervention trials that fed directly into national and international policy

    Conducting seminal intervention trials against malaria that have fed directly into national and international policy which has contributed to the prevention of millions of deaths; these include trials of impregnated bed nets, the prevention of malaria in pregnant women, interventions to improve community based treatment and interventions to increase access to safe effective drugs.

  • Developing new approaches to mapping and estimating the burden of diseases globally

    Developing new approaches to mapping and estimating the burden of malaria and other diseases in Kenya, Africa and globally and making it openly available for policy makers and researchers.

  • Understanding of how different bacterial, parasitic and viral infections interact with host factors

    Developing a focus on the sick child, which has provided a new understanding of how different bacterial, parasitic and viral infections interact with host factors such as nutrition and genetic factors. This has led to large scale intervention trials to improve the treatment of sick children and country wide work to understand how best to improve service delivery in the Kenyan health system

  • How to not only know major causes of acute illness but also their long term effects on children's development

    Establishing a unique long term picture of population health in Kilifi County through a platform that links clinical events with high quality laboratory data and demographic surveillance of a population of nearly 300,000. These approaches have been extended with colleagues across Africa to understand not only the major causes of acute illness but the long term effects on children’s development.

  • New approaches to community engagement and working in vulnerable communities

    Developing new approaches to community engagement and understanding the ethical dimensions of working in vulnerable communities which have been widely influential in international health research.

  • Cutting edge research to better understand immunity to malaria, bacterial and viral diseases

    Conducting cutting edge research to better understand immunity to malaria, bacterial and viral diseases. This feeds in to our participation in large trials of a range of new vaccines to protect children from some of the most important causes of disease and death.

  • New approaches to building scientific capacity and leadership in Kenya and the region

    Developing new approaches to building scientific capacity and leadership in Kenya and the region by attracting the brightest graduates as masters and PhD students and providing the infrastructure for them to develop their careers as researchers. Researchers trained though the programme have won international recognition and gone on to lead research groups in many institutions in Kenya and the region.

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