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What CDC Is Doing in Kenya

For more than 30 years, CDC has worked to help strengthen the health system in Kenya, creating an integrated and state-of-the-art research and program center that works in partnership with the government of Kenya to build sustainable public health capacity.

CDC-Kenya saves lives through research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics, and development of the leadership and scientific expertise required to build effective public health systems. Part of CDC’s Center for Global Health, CDC-Kenya advances health science and technology in Kenya, particularly where current solutions are lacking. Once tools are proven to be effective, CDC-Kenya evaluates ways to improve their delivery and address obstacles to uptake. CDC-Kenya then helps translate research findings into policy recommendations alongside the government of Kenya, World Health Organization, and other partners. CDC-Kenya has contributed to the substantial scale-up of the Kenya government’s capacity to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through significant public health infrastructure and human resource capacity.

There are three Peace Corps volunteers in Kenya working on malaria prevention at the community level through the President’s Malaria Initiative. © Sarah Kaufmann, Peace Corps Volunteer

There are three Peace Corps volunteers in Kenya working on malaria prevention at the community level through the President’s Malaria Initiative. © Sarah Kaufmann, Peace Corps Volunteer

Our Work in Kenya

Improving Emergency Preparedness & Response

CDC-Kenya strengthens public health capacity to rapidly identify and contain infectious disease threats as well as respond to natural and man-made disasters.
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Developing Surveillance and Health Information Systems 

CDC-Kenya supports the development and implementation of population and facility-based disease surveillance systems that provide for data collection, analysis, and reporting in order to assess the disease burden in communities, identify outbreaks, and evaluate the impact of health interventions. CDC-Kenya has also spearheaded state-of-the-art and mobile data collection systems.
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Building Public Health Workforce Capacity

CDC-Kenya provides training and mentorship to develop future public health leaders in clinical, laboratory, public health science, program management, and leadership competencies.
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Strengthening Laboratory Systems 

CDC-Kenya’s work extends beyond our own laboratories. Through CDC staff’s technical expertise, CDC-Kenya supports the government of Kenya in building the critical laboratory network necessary to detect emerging infections and researches and evaluates state-of-the-art diagnostics in real world settings.
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Conducting Research and Monitoring & Evaluation

Since 1979, CDC and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have worked together under a partnership called the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration (KEMRI/CDC) providing an evidence base for interventions, like insecticide treated bed nets, used around the world.
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Implementing Evidence-based Public Health Programs

CDC-Kenya, in collaboration with local and international partners, evaluates, implements, and scales up proven approaches to achieve large-scale and demonstrable reductions in mortality rates of mothers, children, and families.
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Translating Research into Public Health Policy & Practice

The effectiveness of CDC-Kenya’s work can be seen in the number and quality of evidence-based policies implemented by the Kenyan government and globally.
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  • Page last reviewed: November 16, 2012
  • Page last updated: November 16, 2012
  • Content source: Global Health
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