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Partnerships and Collaborators


The Kenya Medical Research Institute is a national body mandated by an Act of Parliament to provide overall leadership and guidance for health research in Kenya.  The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is embedded within the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research-Coast as one of the KEMRI center’s in Kenya

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. Established in 1936 and with an endowment of around 13 billion, it is the UK’s largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research. As a privately endowed charity, it is independent from governments, from industry and from donors.

The governing document of the Wellcome Trust is its constitution. This represents an updated version of the will of Sir Henry Wellcome, through which the Wellcome Trust was established in 1936. Ultimate responsibility for all activities lies with the Board of Governors.

The Wellcome Trust has since 1989 funded the Core activities of the KEMRI|Wellcome Trust research programme. Which includes administrative support, and support of the key platforms of clinical services, community engagement, Laboratory’s and the Kilifi Health Demographic Surveillance system.  This has over time ensured continuation of the research work undertaken by the Programme.

The University of Oxford is internationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its research, with over 3000 academic staff and 3000 postgraduate students working on research. The university’s position as a centre of excellence is enhanced by the ongoing development of interdisciplinary research centers, and collaboration with international academic and industrial partners. The University has a critical mass of supported researchers both local and international, who work within the Programme. This collaboration has also resulted into a well-defined research capacity building platform for researchers in Africa

The Department of Health in the County provides overall leadership in health service delivery, and facilitates a cordial co-existence with our research centre. Medical staff from the county and periphery health facilities participates in research activities, including clinical research.

The Nairobi programme has close working relations with the Nairobi county health department working closely with the various health institutions under its mandate to facilitate the research work done. Focus is mainly on policy and improving of health care systems. This has over time been extended to include research in key populations in the city.

In Nairobi, the Programme has forged strong links with the Ministries of Health and Education, with several of the Programme researchers acting as technical advisers to the Kenyan Government departments and playing a major part in the development of national strategies.

A series of clinical trials focusing on in-patient hospital care have led to collaborations in Eastern Uganda, notably in Soroti and Mbale District Hospitals.  Mbale Clinical Research Unit has been founded on the grounds of Mbale District Hospital and includes a collaboration with Busitema University.

The work of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is also based on other partnerships. Key researchers hold academic positions at a number of institutions including the universities of Oxford and Warwick, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College, and the Institute of Child Health in London.

KWTRP Researchers are also committed to engaging with the local community, to discuss their research and to build mutual understanding and trust between researchers and the community by responding to various concerns.  By developing such strong links, the Programme can ensure that its activities are accepted and approved by local communities – a prerequisite for its long-term studies. Moreover, the close juxtaposition of research and application can help ensure that its activities are focused on delivering practical benefits.

And finally, in a national and international context, the key relationships with policy makers and health officials help to ensure that important research findings make a difference to medical care – and thus have an influence far beyond the geographic areas in which the team works.