Epidemiology and Demography

We aim to gather, analyse and share timely evidence to prevent and treat diseases of public health importance in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa. Our research covers respiratory and enteric infections, malaria, hemoglobinopathies, other neonatal and childhood syndromes and, more recently, surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens of epidemic potential. Our population health portfolio has a focus on the changing epidemiology of conditions accounting for the largest burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa using hospitals as sentinel sites for monitoring coverage and impact of major public health interventions. We have developed analytical and computational capacity to investigate the social and epidemiological determinants of disease over time, access to services, and map these at fine levels of resolution.

Diverse research teams study areas spanning disease aetiology, disease burden, intervention coverage, factors determining infection dynamics in relation to host behaviour and demography, and pathogen strain structure. Projects make use of two major research platforms: a multi-disciplinary hospital-based clinical network involving County Hospitals in Kenya (Clinical Information Network) and a community-based surveillance platform in Kilifi County (Kilifi Health Demographic and Surveillance System). We collaborate with governments and multilateral partners such as World Health Organization, Africa CDC, and the Gavi Alliance to translate our research outputs into policy and practice.

Research Areas


Kilifi Health and Demographic Surveillance System (KHDSS)

is a population-based research platform. It was established in the year 2000 to capture vital events and migration

The Clinical Information Network (CIN)

is a collaboration between KWTRP, Kenya Paediatric Association, Ministry of Health Kenya, and county public hospitals. It was initiated in 2013