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Kenya Research and Training Center



The Kenya Research and Training Center’s mission is to bring University of Washington faculty, students and collaborating investigators together to support research on HIV, sexually transmitted infections and reproductive health that improves the lives and informs policy in Kenya and resource-limited settings across the globe.

We will do this by providing high quality mentoring, performing rigorous scientific research and strengthening collaborations in Kenya, where UW faculty have nurtured partnerships and established infrastructure over the last 30 years. This capacity will continue to be essential to conducting research and training efforts that improve health and well-being of adults and children throughout sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world.

Core Services Offered

1) UW-Kenya supports Project Offices at UW and in Kenya with centralized administrative resources and management
2) Weekly seminars provide opportunities for feedback and collaboration between affiliated faculty, students and researchers
3) Listserv provides communications to over 300 subscribers
4) Collaborative approach to individualized mentoring of junior faculty
5) Website provides important information regarding research in Kenya, opportunities for participation and collaboration, and safety and travel information
6) Advising on safe travel to Kenya and coordination of Kenyan and US faculty, staff and students in Kenya
7) Monthly Faculty Meeting
8) Strategic Planning performed every 2-3 years with annual updates
9) Annual Retreat alternating between Seattle and Nairobi

Funding Information

National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2006-Present
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2006-Present
President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from 2006-Present
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) from 2006-Present
UW – Royalty Research Fund
UW – Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Core from 2012-Present
Gilead Sciences 2019

Reporting Structure

Leadership Committee
External Advisory Board
Judith Wasserheit, Department of Global Health
Barbara Jung, Department of Medicine
Dana Panteleef, CEO UW-Kenya

Related UW Entities

School of Medicine: Department of Medicine, Department of Global Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Pediatrics
School of Public Health: Department of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics

External Partners

University of Nairobi
Kenyatta National Hospital
Kenya Medical Research Institute
Kenya Ministry of Health
Nyanza Reproductive Health Society
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Coptic Mission Africa
The Aga Khan University PATH
Kenya-National AIDS & SI Control Program