Our Stories: CDC in Kenya

How Science Impacts Lives — Faith’s Story

CDC Kenya is widely known for its impact related to science, surveillance, and service, but it is also known for its stories — those of lives impacted and transformed, such as the story of Faith. Faith is a female sex worker whose story begins with one of CDC Kenya’s cornerstone activities — science

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Leading a Robust Evaluation of the Impact of RTS,S Malaria Vaccine in Kenya

Globally, Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria. Since 2000, malaria control efforts have led to a 62 percent reduction in deaths. Despite this achievement, an estimated 445,000 people died from malaria in 2016, the majority of them young African children. New tools are needed to fight the disease.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Large Clinical Trial of Broadly Neutralizing, HIV Prevention Antibodies Launched

HIV vaccine research has had its share of difficulties. However, a new trial making its debut in sub-Saharan Africa may lead to a breakthrough. The National Institutes of Health’s antibody-mediated prevention (AMP) study, also known as HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN)…

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Champs Launches to Get to the Root of Child Deaths in Western Kenya

On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, CDC Kenya and partner organizations stood on the grounds of Magadi Primary School to launch the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) project in Kisumu and Siaya counties in western Kenya.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Kenya Disease Detective Wins $100,000 Grant to Help Pregnant Women in Rural North

In 2017, Dahabo Adi Galgalo, a second year resident of the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) won a $100,000 Innovation Award from the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
CDC Kenya Tests Efficient Method for Uniquely Identifying HIV Cases

Following the launch of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, it became clear that accurate and efficient surveillance methods are needed to monitor Kenya’s progress towards meeting those goals. HIV case-based surveillance (CBS) is more accurate than aggregate reporting in tracking these targets.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
nnovative Tracking of Zoonotic Diseases

Given the recent experiences of rapidly spreading global outbreaks across borders and continents, an effective surveillance system for zoonotic diseases, which account for 60% of emerging diseases, must quickly detect and report disease events in human and animal populations to trigger timely investigation and response.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
New Surveillance System Improves Migration and Resettlement Process

Every year, about 50,000 refugees resettle to the United States under the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The resettlement process involves U.S government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

Antibiotic resistance (AMR) is one of the most significant global public health problems and is rising in many countries due to over-use of antibiotics, widespread availability of counterfeit or substandard medicines and poor infection prevention and control measures.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

In 2017, Kenya experienced a surge in cholera cases across the country, including urban outbreaks in the capital city, Nairobi. A total of 3,967 cases including 76 deaths were reported across 20 of 47 counties (43%) in the country.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

The Detection and Response to Respiratory Events (DaRRE) project aims to identify cases of respiratory illness that could lead to outbreaks early enough in order to put prevention and control measures in place.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

Three counties in western Kenya with the highest HIV burden (Homa Bay, Siaya, and Kisumu) have struggled with identifying new HIV infections. To increase HIV testing services and the detection of HIV infections, 7 high-volume health facilities in western Kenya expanded HIV testing eligibility to now include clients…

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Delivery of High Quality Care —The SIMS Story

To ensure our HIV and TB implementing partners deliver high quality HIV services, PEPFAR developed the Site Improvement through Monitoring System (SIMS). Delivered through a standardized tool, SIMS site visits consist of a rapid assessment of services provided at CDC-funded health facilities. Using a 4-color scoring criteria…

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Putting Science into Action — Active TB Case Finding in the Prison Setting

Kenya celebrated World TB Day on March 24, 2017 by releasing results from the National TB Prevalence Survey. The report revealed that there are more TB cases in Kenya than previously estimated with a TB prevalence of 558 per 100,000 people and approximately one-half of all persons with TB in Kenya…

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Strengthening Laboratory Systems in Kenya

CDC Kenya works to strengthen laboratories and support diagnostic capacity, appropriate specimen-handling, quality assurance systems, and adequate biosafety standards both in Kenya and across the region.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

When one thinks of health information technology (IT) — one may also think of high costs, specialized equipment and infrastructure development. However, large financial investments in health IT are not always necessary to improve clinical care efficiency.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office

In 2017, the Kenya FELTP continued making substantial strides through accreditation from the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET).

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Helping Counties Improve Immunization Systems through Mentorship

In 1999, CDC in collaboration with WHO launched the Stop Transmission of Polio — STOP program — to train and mobilize teams to provide technical assistance to polio-endemic countries.

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Celebrating the Promise and Potential of HIV-exposed Infants

“In September 2010 [I was] happily pregnant with my second born…The nurse at the antenatal clinic offered to test me for HIV and I obliged…HIV was never meant for people like me — or so I thought. Within 15 minutes my world view and status had changed, as I was declared HIV positive.”

June 20th, 2018 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Transforming Waste to Fuel and Creating Healthier Communities

Water, sanitation, and hygiene, commonly referred to as WASH, is essential to ensuring public health. Globally, 6 in 10 people (or 4.5 billion) lack safely managed sanitation. This puts people, especially children, at risk of diarrheal illnesses including cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever. In Kenya, open defecation remains a major public health problem, with 95% of human fecal waste released untreated into the environment. In early 2017, the government of Kenya launched a step-up campaign to eliminate open defecation by 2020. To support this effort, CDC staff in Atlanta and Kenya are collaborating with a local nongovernmental organization, Sanivation, to improve WASH in Kenya one briquette at a time.

November 17th, 2017 3:00 pm ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Medically Assisted Therapy Clinic in Kisumu, Kenya Offers Hope to High-risk HIV Group

On April 6, 2017, CDC Kenya along with key partners celebrated the opening of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) Wellness Center. The JOOTRH Wellness Center is one of six clinics in Kenya that have been authorized to provide medically assisted therapy (MAT) to people who inject drugs.

April 6th, 2017 11:00 am ET – U.S. CDC Kenya Office
Kenya Stories Archive
Page last reviewed: June 27, 2018
Content source: Global Health