Commander's Message

Welcome to the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya! It is pleasure to be part of this team of professional men and women who have made and continue to make great scientific contributions. In an interconnected world, timely medical product development and health surveillance plays a critical role not only for the health protection of our military personnel but also for the global population.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya (USAMRU-K or MRU) is composed of twelve U.S. Army Soldiers and two Department of Defense Government Service Civilians. This unit is often referred to as “The Walter Reed Project” by Kenyans. There are two U.S. Embassy Locally Engaged Staff (LES) and over 600 contracted Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) or Henry Jackson Foundation - Medical Research International (HJF-MRI) employees assigned to the unit. Primary operational sites in Kenya include Nairobi, Kericho Field Station and Kisumu Field Station.

USAMRU-K Headquarters is located in Nairobi, Kenya on the campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

The USAMRU-K Department of Emerging Infectious Diseases is based in Nairobi with numerous satellite collection sites located throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Cameroon executing the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD GEIS).

The USAMRU-K Department of Military to Military Activities and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program is based in Nairobi. 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. This program is primarily funded through the Military HIV Research Program and PEPFAR with the focus of developing drugs and vaccines for HIV prevention and treatment.

The USAMRU-K Kisumu Field Station is based in Kisumu, Kenya located in Nyanza Province along Lake Victoria. There are 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 focus of this program is to develop drugs and vaccines for malaria and other tropical diseases.