- Develop and test improved means for predicting, detecting, preventing, and treating infectious disease threats to U.S. military personnel and the host nation
- Conduct surveillance, training, research, and response activities related to emerging infectious disease threats.
- Partner in executing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
- Support the AFRICOM Commander’s Health Related Theater Security Cooperation activities through engagement of nations in the region in executing our mission.
USAMRU-K ORGANIZATIONAL FOOTPRINT
USAMRU-K is composed of US department of Defense, US Embassy locally engaged staff, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Henry M. Jackson Foundation Medical Research International employees.
Primary operational sites in Kenya for USAMRU-K include Nairobi, Kericho Field Station and Kisumu Field Station.
USAMRU-K is located in Nairobi, Kenya on the campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and is one of five U.S. DoD overseas research laboratories. The unit was provisionally established in 1969 at the invitation of the Kenya Government and was permanently established in 1973. USAMRU-K Headquarters coordinates operations with the U.S. Embassy, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché which includes the Kenya U.S. Liaison Office (KUSLO)/Defense Attaché Office (DAO), U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and numerous Kenyan Ministries.
USAMRU-K collaborators include the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, the Kenya Ministry of Medical Services, the Kenya Ministry of Defense, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Navy Medical Research Unit Number 3, Air Force Institute for Operational Health, DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Makerere University (Uganda), University of Buea (Cameroon), University of California – San Diego, University of Washington, Uniformed Services University IDCRP, Case Western Reserve University, Boston University, Louisiana State University, University of Massachusetts, PATH, Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Gates Foundation, Glaxo SmithKline, Aeras, Sanofi, and Pfize
The USAMRU-K Department of Emerging Infectious Diseases (DEID) is based in Nairobi, Kenya with numerous satellite collection sites located throughout Kenya and the continent of Africa executing the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD GEIS). USAMRU-K DEID is composed of two military officers (Director and Deputy Director), one (1) US HJF-MRI contractor and approximately 100 KEMRI contracted employees in Kenya and numerous HJF –MRI contracted employees in Tanzania, Uganda and Cameroon.
The USAMRU-K Department of Military to Military Activities (M2MA) and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program is based in Nairobi, Kenya and composed of one (1) military officer (Director) and approximately 50 HJF contracted Kenyan employees. The focus of this program encompasses HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, surveillance for influenza and other diseases that impact force protection and health readiness in the Kenyan military and research on medical issues of mutual interest.
The USAMRU-K Kericho Field Station is based in Kericho, Kenya located in southern Rift Valley Province and composed of one (1) DoD GS officer (Director), one (1) military officer, one (1) US HJF-MRI contractor, approximately 100 KEMRI contracted employees, and over 80 HJF –MRI contracted Kenyan employees.
The USAMRU-K Kisumu Field Station is based in Kisumu, Kenya located in Nyanza Province along Lake Victoria. The Kisumu Field Station consists of a Headquarters and five clinic and research departments to include Clinical Trials, Basic Science, Malaria Diagnostics Center (MDC), Entomology/Vector Biology Unit, and Malaria Drug Resistance (MDR) Laboratory.
The Kisumu Field Station Headquarters is located in Kondele and composed of three military officers (Director) and over 30 KEMRI contracted employees.
The Kisumu Field Station Clinical Trials Department is located in Kondele with the main operational unit located in Kombewa at the Clinical Trials Center. The Clinical Trials Department is composed of one military officer and approximately 200 KEMRI contracted employees.
The Kisumu Field Station Basic Science Department is located in Kondele and composed of one U.S. Embassy FSN (Lab Director), and approximately ten (10) KEMRI contracted employees.
The Kisumu Field Station Malaria Diagnostics Center is located in Kondele and composed of one military officer and15 KEMRI contracted employees.
The Kisumu Field Station Entomology/Vector Biology Unit is located in Kisian and composed of two military officers and approximately 12 KEMRI contracted employees.
The Kisumu Field Station Malaria Drug Resistance (MDR) Laboratory is located in Kisian is composed of five KEMRI contracted employees.