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Leading African scientists to drive continent’s research agenda

Feb 29th, 2016

Dr Samson M Kinyanjui is one of the seven leading African researchers who are recipients of funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID) to establish cutting-edge rese

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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Feb 29th, 2016

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. In the West, Salmonella i

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DELTAS Africa programmes

Apr 12th, 2016

Dr Samson M Kinyanjui is one of the seven leading African researchers who are recipients of funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID) to establish cutting-edge rese

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No Hib booster needed by vaccinated infants in Kenya

Apr 12th, 2016

Children living in Kenya are well protected from life-threatening infections such as meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia caused by the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), by the existing three-dose vacci

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Engaging researchers and community members on the ethics of sharing research data

Apr 12th, 2016

The research team from the Health Research Ethics and Community Liaison Groups in the KEMRI|Wellcome Trust Research Programme were recently involved in an international collaborative project on the ethics of sh

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Best display in the Health and Pharmaceuticals Sector

Apr 12th, 2016

The KEMRI|Wellcome Trust Research Programme scoops the 1st prize in the just completed ASK show in Mombasa This years Mombasa International Show was held on August 26- 30, where the KEMRI| Wellcome Trust Resear

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The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Protects Kenyan Children

Apr 12th, 2016

The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Protects Kenyan Children East African Regional Meeting on Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines: Evidence to Policy 22nd-24th June 2015 Policy makers, experts and other stakeholders

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VSV-Ebola vaccine appears to be safe

Apr 12th, 2016

Initial results from the Phase 1 trials of the candidate Ebola vaccine rVSV ZEBOV suggest that the vaccine is safe and generates an immune response. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicin

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New hope for the fight against Malaria

Apr 12th, 2016

Promising results from a recent vaccine clinical trial in Kenya raise new hope in the fight against malaria The development of a safe and effective malaria vaccine to reduce the intolerable burden that malaria

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The RTS,S trial vaccine results

Apr 12th, 2016

Final results from a large-scale Phase III trial of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate, including the impact of a booster dose, published today in The Lancet, show that the vaccine candidate helped protect chi

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First Lady Visits KWTRP

Apr 12th, 2016

H.E The first lady Margaret Kenyatta on her tour to the Kilifi County hospital made a stopover and visited the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme Laboratories where the team presented her with excerpts of

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KEMRI – Wellcome Trust at the 10th International Congress of Tropical Paediatrics

Apr 12th, 2016

The 10th International congress on tropical pediatrics got off to a good start on Sunday August 24th at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi. The KEMRI- Wellcome Trust team provided updates o

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Promising candidate Ebola vaccines trials to begin in Europe, Gabon and Kenya.

Apr 12th, 2016

Trials of one of the most promising candidate Ebola vaccines are to begin swiftly in healthy volunteers in Europe, Gabon and Kenya, as funds from the Wellcome Trust enable an international consortium to acceler

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Information for Malaria Project (INFORM)

Apr 12th, 2016

Africa is experiencing an overall decline in the risk of malaria infection that appears to have started before, but accelerated after, the massive scale up of interventions since the launch of the Roll Back Mal

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Matriculation – Dr Jalemba Aluvaala

Apr 12th, 2016

Jalemba Aluvaala was matriculated at the University of Oxford on the 12th of March 2015.  Dr Aluvaala will be pursuing his DPhil in Clinical Medicine, a 4 year course that compliments on-going work in the Depa

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KWTRP nurse wins the Global Research Nurses essay competition

Apr 12th, 2016

The 2014 award for the Global Research Nurses essay competition goes to one of our own, Patience Ndonye. Pepe as fondly known to us participated in the essay competition held in October last year and emerged th

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Reflections by trial participants

Apr 12th, 2016

On the other side of research – The reflections of a trialist and two participants on the Ebola vaccine trial in Kilifi. Unlike the usual practice where researchers are the ones carrying out trials Sassy

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Recent Findings

Apr 12th, 2016

Incidence and risk factors for sexual assault among MSM and young women in Coastal Kenya The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme researchers have been for the past 10 years studying how rape among sex workers and me

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Ebola Vaccine Trial begins in Kilifi

Apr 12th, 2016

Researchers at the KEMRI| Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, have started the human testing of a vaccine designed to protect against Ebola. The first dose of the VSV-Ebola vaccine was administe

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KEMRI – Wellcome Trust marks 25 years of health research in the community

Apr 12th, 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta on a tour during his visit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust complex in Kilifi in October 24th 2014. The president officially commissioned the Mbuyuni Training Complex at the KEMRI’s Ce

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One of the most prestigious prizes in Africa awarded to Dr Faith Osier

Apr 12th, 2016

This year’s Royal Society Pfizer Prize Award 2014 goes to our young researcher, Dr Faith Osier. This award is considered one of the most prestigious prizes and recognizes Faiths valuable and innovative c

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KWTRP and Pwani University Launches a Joint Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods

Apr 12th, 2016

As part of our collaboration with Pwani University in building capacity for research we have jointly launched a new course designated Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods. This course is modeled on the high

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Pneumococcal vaccination of children in Kenya can provide ‘herd protection’ to unvaccinated population

Apr 12th, 2016

Findings suggest vaccine will be effective in other low-income countries The introduction of a new pneumococcal vaccine in routine immunisation programmes in Kenya reduced levels of the pneumococcal bacterium i

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First estimates of newborns requiring treatment for bacterial infection show 7 million cases

Apr 12th, 2016

Nearly 7 million babies in the first month of life (neonates) required treatment for severe bacterial infection in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in 2012, according to a new study published in

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Philip Bejon awarded the Chalmers Medal

Apr 12th, 2016

Philip Bejon has been awarded the Chalmers Medal by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a leading UK based organisation that supports research into Global Health. This is awarded to researchers

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New test for childhood TB offers hope of earlier and more accurate diagnosis

Apr 12th, 2016

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, an international team of investigators based in Europe and Africa, report the results of a study to identify a gene expression signature for childhood tuber

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The CIN Newsletter

Apr 12th, 2016

The Ministry of Health & County Hospitals have partnered in a collaborative project to support improved data collection and use of hospital data with KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research programme and the Kenya Pa

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Burden of disease estimates reveal multiple risks for Kilifi adults

Apr 12th, 2016

Adults in Kilifi face a combined burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases, according to a report published in the Lancet Global Health. Infectious diseases were a major cause of illness among both men

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Podcasts from Africa

Apr 12th, 2016

Researchers from the Programme featured on the “Podcasts from Africa” series by Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology at the University of Glasgow. Click here for details. Follow us on KE

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School-going children bring home a virus that causes severe pneumonia in infants

Apr 12th, 2016

Infants are highly susceptible to severe pneumonia from a virus called respiratory syncytial virus or RSV.  Identifying who infects infants with this virus is important in designing the best options for preven

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Despite unprecedented investment in malaria control, 57% of Africa’s population remains at moderate to high risk of contracting the most deadly form of malaria

Apr 12th, 2016

Despite unprecedented investment in malaria control in Africa over the past decade, about 57% of the population still live in areas where risk of infection remains moderate to high, according to new research pu

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Dr Faith Osier Awarded the African Research Leader Fellowship

Apr 12th, 2016

Dr Faith Osier has been awarded the prestigious African Research Leader (ARL) Fellowship. The ARL Fellowship, is supported by The Medical Research Council, UK and the UK Department for International Development

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The Role of Data in Transforming Healthcare

Apr 12th, 2016

The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS) was set up to track the impact of the PCV10 vaccine on invasive pneumococcal disease. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, the project monitors va

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VISIT BY DFID TO KWTRP – NAIROBI OFFICES

Apr 18th, 2016

A team from the Department of International Development (DFID), based in Nairobi, met with Senior Managers at the KEMRI – Wellcome Trust Nairobi offices including the Executive Director, Prof. Philip Bejo

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ZIka Virus research in Kilifi

Apr 18th, 2016

Despite its discovery in Uganda in 1947 little is known about Zika virus (ZIKV) and its importance as a cause of illness in East Africa. Now, researchers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi, Kenya a

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Medical Symposium for Doctors

Apr 18th, 2016

Professor Grace Irimu conducted an afternoon symposium for medical students who have just completed their final year exams and due to graduate next year. The symposium was held on the 19th of Nov 2015 at the

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WORLD PRE-MATURITY DAY COMMEMORATED ON 17TH NOVEMBER

Apr 18th, 2016

The Ministry of Health and partners in child health marked the World Prematurity Day on the 17th of November 2015, at the Azure Royal Orchid Hotel in Westlands. Partners in child health met to discuss on pre-te

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Our related projects

Apr 18th, 2016

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme was set up in 1989 with a primary focus on malaria research. Over the years the research programme has expanded and conducts wide-ranging research in various discipli

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Malaria Vaccine gets a nod form EU regulators

Apr 19th, 2016

GSK,s malaria candidate vaccine, MosquirixTM (RTS,S), receives positive opinion from European regulators for the prevention of malaria in young children in sub-Saharan Africa WHO will now assess how the world&#

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Visit to KEMRI-WELLCOME TRUST Nairobi by Sir Mark Walport

Apr 19th, 2016

Sir Mark Walport, the previous director of the Wellcome Trust and currently the UK Governments Chief Scientific Advisor, visited the Nairobi KEMRI-Wellcome Trust offices on the 14th of July 2015 and held brief

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Prof. Kath Maitland Elected to the Academy of medical Science

May 4th, 2016

47 world leading UK researchers amongst them Prof Kath Maitland who is based at the KEMRI |Wellcome Trust research Programme in Kilifi have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical S

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KWTRP Scientists feted at the 16th kenya paediatric association (KPA) conference

May 4th, 2016

The Kenya Paediatric Association diner on the 28th of April 2016 at the Boma Hotel in Eldoret, was the climax of the KPA annual meeting that brought together over 300 delegates from the health sector in Kenya.

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A course focused on advances in the Immunobiology of Parasites, Pathogens and Pathogenesis: 19-24 Sept 2016, Kenya

May 19th, 2016

This one week course is targeted at PhD students and early postdocs who have a strong interest in the interaction between the immune system, Parasites and other Pathogens and how this underlies the Pathogenesis

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The Virus Epidemiology and Control Research Group

May 23rd, 2016

The Epidemiology and Demography Department studies a range of respiratory and enteric viruses that are of major public health importance at the coastal region of Kenya. The department’s focus is understan

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Daily co-trimoxazole prophylaxis amongst severely malnourished children–clinical trial finds no reduction in mortality

Jun 23rd, 2016

Published in LANCET Global Health Volume 4, No. 7, e464–e473, July 2016   Each year, about 1 million children around the world die from SAM (severe acute malnutrition). Deaths in children with SAM mostly

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Africa wins bid to host International Congress on Immunology 2022

Sep 28th, 2016

Africa has secured the winning bid to host the 2022 International Congress on Immunology (IUIS2022). It is the first time the Congress is being hosted in Africa and Cape town will welcome 6 000 delegates who ar

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The Oxford Health Systems Collaboration

Nov 11th, 2016

The Nuffield Department of Medicine has recently helped support a new initiative that is working towards strengthening Health Systems Research in Kenya, more can be viewed on this link https://www.tropicalmedi

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Health Systems Global meeting in Vancouver

Nov 16th, 2016

Our Health Systems team has a strong presence in the ongoing Health Systems Global meeting in Vancouver Canada. This years theme is “Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world”  and m

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Math models used to predict most effective new RSV vaccine

Dec 2nd, 2016

In a first, scientists used computer simulations to identify the vaccines most likely to be effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of infant severe pneumonia worldwide.   Al

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Nurturing young researchers in Kilifi

Mar 3rd, 2017

KEMRI-Wellcome is a high-tech research programme based in Kilifi County, in rural Kenya.  Alongside research like sequencing DNA or intensive analysis of population data, the programme actively engages the com

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Using genomes to understand transmission of RSV in the community

Mar 20th, 2017

For a mother, nothing worries like waking up in the middle of the night with an infant with a fever and difficulty in breathing. But these are common occurrences for infants and young children especially in a h

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Prof Tom Williams and Prof. Jay Berkley elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

May 10th, 2017

Prof. Tom Williams and Prof. Jay Berkley are among 46 world leading researchers elected to the prestigious Academy of Medical Science Fellowship. The two have been elected for their contribution to biomedical a

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PERCH Project Publishes CID Supplement on Foundational Basis for Forthcoming Pneumonia Etiology Results

Jun 2nd, 2017

The foundational basis for the pneumonia etiology results from the PERCH (Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health) project have been published in a 23-paper supplement in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The

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Kenya has gaps in diagnosing and managing epilepsy

Jun 8th, 2017

Epilepsy affects the brain and causes repeated seizures. Prompt diagnosis and effective management are key to controlling the condition, the cause of which is not fully understood . There are huge gaps in the w

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World Sickle Cell day

Jun 15th, 2017

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust research Programme will host this years world sickle cell day with various  awareness activities. The activities will be held on Saturday June 17,2017 at Banda la Salama in Chonyi. We

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Call for Abstract MVVR5 2017

Jul 6th, 2017

We would like to notify you that the call for abstracts towards the 5th Medical and Veterinary Virus Research Symposium, October 26th – 27th, 2017, is open. This year’s theme is One Health – Acc

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KWTRP gets the First Wellcome Open Research Gateway

Jul 21st, 2017

The Wellcome Open Research team launched its first gateway this Thursday July  20,2017 . The Gateway which is a collaboration of Wellcome open research team and the KWTRP creates a platform within the Open res

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Highlighting Policy Output

Jul 21st, 2017

Policy brief by the KWTRP Health Systems Research team led Edwine Barasa and Sassy Molyneux on, Improving Priority setting practices in Kenyan hospitals; Recommendations for county decision Makers and Hospital

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Annual schools symposium held at KWTRP

Jul 24th, 2017

In order to reach out to more schools, SEP held their annual schools symposium in the Programme where, 29 secondary schools participated Each school was represented by 3 form three students and one teacher. The

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And the winners are

Aug 6th, 2017

Jacquie Oliwa, Marta Maia and Benard Fulanda of Pwani University were the winners of these edition of  I’m a scientist, get me out of here. The two weeks’ online engagement event brought together stude

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Public engagement beyond Kilifi

Sep 4th, 2017

In this years ASK show the Programme scoop 2 prices.  1st prize in the Health and Pharmaceutical categories and third price in the research and development category. We also hosted the PS Agriculture Richard L

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Congratulations to Professor Eduard Sanders

Sep 5th, 2017

Many congratulations also to Eduard Sanders who was awarded a Professorship by Oxford in the 2017 Recognition of Distinction exercise. Dr. Sanders is a public health physician and epidemiologist affiliated with

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Our blog

Sep 29th, 2017

The KWTRP blog page is live. The Blog page will be host to blogs on KWTRP’s research work and outputs, experiences of the various teams in field work, capacity building initiatives, collaborations and par

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115 years of malaria in Africa- Press release

Oct 12th, 2017

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Researchers have unveiled the largest repository of malaria survey data in Africa, covering over 50,000 surveys across 115 years starting in 1900, each documented by date, geolocation, numb

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Dr. Kinyanjui & Prof. Osier among 9 TIBA Rapid Impact Projects Recipients

Oct 31st, 2017

Dr. Kinyanjui & Prof. Osier are among the 9 rapid impact projects recipients under the Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) partnership. These projects are designed to capture the diverse challenges

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Symon Kariuki among 5 MQ pioneering early-career scientists funded to take on mental illness

Dec 4th, 2017

Symon Kariuki based at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi is among 5 pioneering early- career research scientists funded by MQ in 2017.   Symon’s project is among three of the awards which

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RinGs accomplishments in 2017

Dec 22nd, 2017

The RinGs initiative brings together three health systems focused Research Programme Consortia (RPC): Future Health Systems, ReBUILD and RESYST in a partnership to galvanise gender and ethics analysis in he

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Coming up- The parasite Invasion Assay Workshop; 4-8th June 2018

Mar 8th, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Parasite Invasion Assay Workshop, funded by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Fund, will be held  at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, from 4th – 8th Ju

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KPA Annual Scientific Conference

Apr 25th, 2018

The Programme is hosting a Pre-congress session on Research Methods For Paediatricians at the Kenya Paediatric Association – 2018 Annual Scientific Conference. The session led by Ambrose Agweyu aims at illumi

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IDeAL Midterm Conference

Jun 21st, 2018

The Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme hosted and exciting 2& ½ day conference to Celebrate the programmes 10 years in Capacity building at the Mö

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Jukwaa la Utafiti on Baraka FM

Jul 4th, 2018

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) looks to further engage with the media and the general public as part of its public engagement strategies through the newly launched “Jukwaa la Utafiti̶

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Magnate theater goes to Mida

Jul 5th, 2018

Over the last few months, KWTRP’s Community Liaison Group has worked with the Jukwaa Arts Productions using a magnet theatre model to sensitize the communities/publics within Kilifi County about the Research

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Two million pounds awarded to fight disease in East Africa

Jul 9th, 2018

Two million pounds awarded to fight disease in East Africa • Engage health authorities and institutes, identify priority questions and link output to policy; • Fund 20 high calibre Research Fellows An East

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Human candidate gene polymorphisms and risk of severe malaria in children in Kilifi, Kenya:

Aug 1st, 2018

Malaria causes high levels of mortality in many tropical areas, most commonly due to severe acute anaemia, cerebral malaria and respiratory distress. Repeated exposure to uncomplicated malaria episodes is also

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The key to a better Malaria Vaccine

Oct 22nd, 2018

The malaria vaccine was invented more than a century ago — yet each year, hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease. How can we improve this vital vaccine? In this informative talk, immun

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Professor Bob Snow elected AAS Fellow

Nov 21st, 2018

Prof Bob Snow Bob has been elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (The AAS). This is after a rigorous evaluation and reviews following nominations earlier this year. The AAS Fellowship recruitme

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International Schools Engagement meeting, In Kilifi.

Nov 21st, 2018

The Schools engagement team led by Dr. Alun Davies are hosting the Inaugural 2 and half days International Schools Engagement meeting, In Kilifi. The meeting brings together more than 30 Schools engagement prac

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GeMVi News

Feb 5th, 2019

High throughput pathogen sequencing and predictive models underpin the modern approach to understanding community spread and optimal control of infectious diseases. In this field, despite high disease burden, l

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Fluid resuscitation with normal saline shown to worsen problems with blood clotting in a sepsis animal model

Feb 20th, 2019

Gram negative bacteria produce endotoxins when they infect a host, which leads to a severe sepsis-like condition and derangement of the normal blood clotting pathways. A collaborative study between KEMRI-WTRP a

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“LIFE”, A New Smartphone App to Train Health Workers to Save Lives

Apr 11th, 2019

There is a desperate need for new methods to train the growing numbers of healthcare workers around the world, particularly for managing emergencies in children. The Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIF

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Towards Universal Health Coverage in Kenya: Are We on The Right Path?

Apr 15th, 2019

The attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a policy priority at both global and national levels. At the global level, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underscore the importance of heal

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Wellcome Governor Visit to Kilifi

May 16th, 2019

The Programme was host to Eliza Manningham-Buller who is the Chair of the Wellcome Board, Simon Kay who is the Head International Operations and Partnership, Mary De Silva the Head of population Health and Prof

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Managing health research capacity strengthening consortia:a systematised review of the published literature

May 21st, 2019

Nadia Tagoe gives a brief of her recently published systematic review on HRCS consortia; There is currently a strong interest and greater investment in health research capacity strengthening (HRCS) initiatives

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Delivering Care for Newborns in Nairobi

May 27th, 2019

Reducing deaths in the first 28 days of life (neonatal mortality) to below 12 deaths per 1,000 live births is a health goal.

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Radio program review meeting

May 28th, 2019

We hosted the 3rd quarterly review meeting for the ongoing ‘Jukwaa la Utafiti’ radio program that airs on Baraka FM every Thursday from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. The quarterly review meetings are part

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Youth for UHC

Jun 21st, 2019

In the month of June, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (Nairobi) held a university engagement forum dubbed youthvoices4UHC. Over 50 students from different universities participated in the discussions th

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APPOINTMENTS TO THE KEMRI UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE (UHC) COMMITTEE

Jul 3rd, 2019

Edwine Barasa has been appointed as the chair to KEMRI Universal Health Coverage (UHC) committee. Benjamin Tsofa, Charles Mbogo and Jacinta Nzinga have been appointed as members of the same committee for a peri

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(GASTRO): a Phase II rehydration study for severe dehydration: Plan C versus Slow rehydration

Jul 5th, 2019

Although World Health Organization (WHO) rehydration management guidelines (Plan C) for severe dehydration are widely practiced in resource-poor settings, they have never formally been tested in a clinical tria

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University of Oxford VC Public Engagement with Research Award Winner: Bringing science and health to Kenyan schools.

Jul 11th, 2019

A project bringing science to Kenyan schools has won a Project Award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at Keble College

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What are the predictors of teenage pregnancy among girls aged 13–19 years?: The case of Lira District, Uganda

Jul 18th, 2019

Teenage pregnancy is a serious public health and social problem across many low-and middle-income countries. We conducted a study to investigate the behavioural, familial and social factors associated with teen

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Prof. Peter Agre visit to KWTRP Nairobi Hub

Jul 22nd, 2019

The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) Nairobi hub, was honoured to host Prof. Peter Agre the 2003 Nobel Laureates and the current director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Prof. Ag

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[PRESS RELEASE] LAUNCH OF COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITY INVENTORY FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Jul 25th, 2019

“the database will be useful across numerous domains for evaluating public health sector service delivery and optimizing health care to evaluating the emergence of epidemic pathogens and will be an invaluable

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NAIROBI STAKEHOLDER FORUM 2019

Jul 31st, 2019

The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Program, Nairobi Hub held the first annual Nairobi stakeholders forum on 30th July 2019. The one-day forum hosted over 70 stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, private and

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ONGOING RESEARCH AT THE KWTRP – NAIROBI HUB.

Aug 1st, 2019

The Nairobi Programme at KEMRI Wellcome Trust hosts over 17 principal researchers, 15 PhD fellows and a dedicated team of over 40 research assistants spanning clinical research, health services research, popula

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THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ JOB OF BEING A NEONATAL NURSE

Aug 27th, 2019

The provision of high-quality care to sick newborns presents challenges in any health system. Quality nursing care is a critical component of the care sick newborns need to survive their first days of life; and

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The ferroportin Q248H mutation protects from anemia, but not malaria or bacteremia

Sep 11th, 2019

Researchers have shown that the iron export mutation (Q248H) that primarily occurs in populations of African ancestry may protect from iron deficiency and anemia. In contrast to previously published work (Zhang

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Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Chalmers Medal Winner – 2019

Sep 20th, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Kinyanjui who was named winner of the 2019 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Chalmers Medal. This honour was announced at the 11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine

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[NEST360°] Closing the newborn care gap in hospitals across Africa.

Oct 4th, 2019

Worldwide, almost half of childhood deaths occur in newborns (the first four weeks of life), totalling 2.5 million each year, with the highest risks and slowest progress in Africa. Currently around 28 in every

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“Difu Simo”- A Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Oct 17th, 2019

This is a mental health awareness campaign which is being conducted in Kilifi County along the Kenyan Coast. The awareness campaign slogan is “Difu Simo”, a Kigiryama phrase which means “Breaking free

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‘Gender is not even a side issue…it’s a non-issue’: career trajectories and experiences from the perspective of male and female healthcare managers in Kenya.

Oct 23rd, 2019

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme undertook a study to understand and explore career progression and experiences of healthcare leaders at sub-national level in Kenya.

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New virtual reality medical training app LIFE uses HTC VIVE Focus Plus for training doctors and nurses to save lives.

Nov 15th, 2019

LIFE allows healthcare workers to enter a realistic 3D virtual hospital on their own smartphones or using a virtual reality headset, such as the HTC Vive.

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KEMRI-Wellcome Highlights Health Equity Issues During Equity Week

Nov 25th, 2019

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust participated in this year’s Equity Week between 11th and 15 November. Convened by the International Budget Partnership, Equity Week brings together stakeholders drawn from the national go

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Health Technology Assessment Short Course

Nov 27th, 2019

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, HiTAP and iDSI organized a short course on Health Technology Assessment that took place between the 18th to 22nd November in Nairobi. The pu

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Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Nov 29th, 2019

Vitamin D deficiency is an important public problem worldwide because of its link to many diseases and poor health outcomes. However, there is limited data on the vitamin D status of African populations. We aim

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Policy Maker’s guide for adopting a gender lens in health systems policy

Jan 23rd, 2020

Policy makers are interested in knowing what practical steps to take to move towards a more gender-equitable and transformative health system. A new guide published by Research in Gender & Ethics (RINGs) is

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KEMRI AT 40

Feb 10th, 2020

In search for better health, KEMRI was established in 1979 through the Science and Technology Act. In 1989 through a partnership with KEMRI, the Wellcome Trust and the University of Oxford, the KEMRI-Wellcome T

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The way we measure iron deficiency in children needs to change. Here’s why

Mar 10th, 2020

A deficiency of iron for normal body function is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. Iron deficiency is the main cause of anaemia and is associated with poor brain development and long-term impai

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Mitigating the Socio-economic impacts of physical distancing in African countries

May 19th, 2020

What are the health and Socio-economic impacts of physical distancing in African countries and how can they be mitigated? This work reviews the health and Socio-economic effects of physical distancing restricti

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Kenya Scientists Release Genome sequencing for the Covid-19 Cases in Kenya

Jun 4th, 2020

Scientists in Kenya have successfully sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic, obtaining important information about the genetic composition of viral strains in 1

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Regional Social and Epidemiological Vulnerability to COVID-19 in Kenya

Jun 18th, 2020

Epidemics and pandemics disproportionately affect populations with greater impacts on the most vulnerable and less resilient communities. Hence Kenya’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic calls for more context

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Interferon-gamma polymorphisms and risk of iron deficiency and anaemia in Gambian children

Jun 22nd, 2020

Malaria is common in sub-Saharan Africa and kills thousands of children yearly. Interferon-gamma is produced to help fight against malaria, but high levels can induce reduced production of blood cells resulting

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What Does it Cost to Treat a COVID-19 Patient in Kenya?

Jul 3rd, 2020

In a recently published policy brief, Dr. Edwine Barasa and Dr. Angela Kairu costed the case management of COVID-19 patients from a health system perspective. Key messages from the policy brief • Per patient

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[ PRESS RELEASE] New covid-19 simulation training for smartphones helps African healthcare workers save lives

Jul 6th, 2020

Oxford University’s LIFE project has launched a new set of app-based training scenarios that help healthcare workers in Africa safely manage and treat cases of children with suspected covid-19 6th July 2020,

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Application of Big Data for Covid-19 Response in Kenya

Jul 23rd, 2020

Join Dr. George Githinji and Dr. John Ojal  for a webinar on 24th July, 2020,  from 6pm – 7.30 pm as they discuss “The Role of SARS CoV-2 genomics in informing community transmission and public he

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How can we strengthen health systems to respond to everyday challenges? What considerations under Covid-19?

Aug 12th, 2020

… Everyday resilience is the maintenance of positive adjustment under challenging conditions such that the organisation emerges from those conditions strengthened and more resourceful...

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Difu Simo Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Aug 13th, 2020

Difu Simo is a mental health awareness campaign in Kilifi County that is using art to create a space for dialogue between the world of biomedicine and traditional medicines with the aim of understanding mental

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[POLICY BRIEF] Health Workers strike in Kenya. How can we prevent them and reduce their negative effects when they happen? And what Covid-19 considerations?

Aug 16th, 2020

Although health worker strikes are experienced globally, their effects have been argued to be the worst in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Strike actions range from merely halting work for a few hou

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ChAdOx1 nCOV-19 Vaccine Trial – Frequently Asked Questions about the Trial

Sep 19th, 2020

1. What is the ChAdOx1 Vaccine Trial? This trial aims to assess whether the ChAdOx1 vaccine is safe, effective and provides immunity against COVID-19 in adults aged 18 years and above. 2. How long will the vacc

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