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The KEMIS Project

Serosurveillance remains a valuable yet underutilized tool. Through the KEMIS project, we aim to demonstrate the value of multi-pathogen serosurveillance in Kenya. Since 2021, we have conducted serosurveys among populations residing within health and demographic surveillance sites in Kilifi, Nairobi, Kisumu and Siaya. Samples collected during the surveys are tested for IgG antibodies using cutting […]
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Invitation to Tender

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Photo credit: ILRI/ Camille Hanotte.

RIGHT 5 Funding Outcomes Announced

With Kenya continuing to experience extreme weather and events exacerbated by climate change, our researchers led by Benjamin Tsofa from KEMRI- Wellcome and Jacob Macknight from Oxford University will be working on a project focused on enhancing Health Systems resilience through vulnerability and risk mapping to facilitate climate risk mitigation planning. The project funded by the National Institute […]
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School Leavers Attachment Scheme (SLAS)

We hosted 153 students for the Annual School Leavers Attachment Scheme (SLAS) Open Day.  The SLAS open day targets top performing students in Kilifi to give them an opportunity to information from various stakeholders and scientists that would help them firm up or redefine their career aspirations. It is an opportunity to give the students […]
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12 Remarkable African Life Scientists– An inspirational book for young people

Over the past 10 years, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Schools Engagement Programme (SEP) has been engaging local schools with the aim of raising students’ awareness of leading African science; to stimulate students’ interest in pursuing careers in science https://sep.kemri-wellcome.org/. This aims at promoting an interest in science through interactions between researchers, students, and teachers. Dr. Tabitha Mwangi, a […]
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The RaViG project Launch

Coastal Kenya has witnessed recurrent outbreaks of various viral pathogens, including dengue, measles, norovirus, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2. However, there is limited knowledge regarding the origin, transmission patterns, and the distribution of these outbreaks. While Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) is being incorporated into public health surveillance globally, with the potential to make significant contributions to enhance outbreak […]
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To all our Stakeholders

It is a bittersweet moment for the KWTRP family as we make changes to our Leadership team. After 10 years of tremendous growth and change in the Programme. Prof Philip Bejon officially steps down as the KWTRP Programme Executive Director. As the Director of the Programme, Philip has led us in successfully securing 2 rounds […]
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Stakeholder engagement to identify priority pathogens for serosurveillance in Kenya

We engaged experts in infectious disease surveillance to help identify pathogens that should be prioritized for serosurveillance in Kenya. A carefully selected group of respondents were invited to participate in multiple rounds of consensus building engagement activities until a final list of fifteen pathogens was generated. Read more about the deliberations of the consultative workshop […]
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Engaging the Public to understand virus genomes (variants)

We held a 2-day consultative meeting with our Media Advisory Group (MAG) on promoting public awareness in genome sequencing. The team shared valuable insights on how to develop engagement tools that can be used to build public understanding of genome sequencing and its impact on public health. The MAG also joined community members where we […]
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