USAMRU-K Department of Military to Military Activities (M2MA)
and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Overview. The USAMRU-K Department of Military to Military Activities (M2MA) and PEPFAR program was initiated in 2004 with the origin of the PEPFAR program in Kenya. The U.S. DoD represents one of four U.S. Government agencies which collaboratively work with USAID, CDC and the Peace Corps. The scope of USAMRU-K activities encompasses 14 areas within HIV prevention, care and treatment including direct patient care and treatment of HIV and opportunistic infections for adults and children with HIV, Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission, laboratory training, oversight and infrastructure. The three USAMRU-K PEPFAR programs are located in the South Rift Valley (Kericho), Nyanaza Province (Kisumu) and imbedded in the Kenyan Department of Defense where USAMRU-K provides oversight and the execution of a $27M portfolio. Although the USAMRU-K program comprising only 7% of the $560M U.S. Government PEPFAR allocation in Kenya, the organization is a critical leader with all country partners. The USAMRU-K PEPFAR program serves on all U.S. Embassy interagency technical teams (ITTs) and chairs the largest ITT in the country. Capacity building and system strengthening are a strategic component and lend themselves to frequent engagement with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense from the highest Kenyan Government levels to the district and military hospitals where direct patient care and interventions are executed. USAMRU-K PEPFAR serves over 16,000 HIV positive Kenyans and reaches more than 80,000 citizens with HIV prevention messages each year.
South Rift Valley. This PEPFAR program location is the largest and oldest USAMRU-K PEPFAR operation.
14 partners including 8 from the Ministry of Health, 2 Tea Plantations, and 4 NGO facilities.
Over 150 staff serving at 160+ field sites providing prevention, care and treatment to the surrounding community.
Over 8,300 HIV positive patients enrolled; over 3,900 patients on ARVs; and over 4,400 patients on palliative care.
Over 150,000 individuals reached with prevention; over 300+ OVC provided care.
Kericho Field Station has the only College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited lab in Kenya (recently reaccredited in May 2010).
Kenyan Ministry of Defense.
Over 50 staff serving military functional care centers providing support to all Kenyan active duty military personnel and dependents.
Over 30 staff members serving a critical Ministry of Health District Hospital proving full service HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Over 4,000 HIV positive patients enrolled and over 1,800 patients on ARVs.