Global Disease Detection
In 1979 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) established a partnership called the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration to focus on malaria research. The collaboration has expanded its mission and staffing to become a comprehensive research platform with projects and studies located throughout Kenya. KEMRI/CDC’s work now includes research on HIV, TB, emerging infections, neglected tropical diseases and other public health issues.
The collaboration includes support for HIV prevention and care programs and a state-of-the-art health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) and other population-based platforms to assess disease burden, disease outbreaks and health intervention impact in communities.
The Global Disease Detection (GDD) Division helps Kenya and the region detect and respond to serious public health threats like cholera, Ebola, influenza, Rift Valley fever, polio and typhoid among others.
GDD develops and integrates epidemiologic, laboratory, surveillance, veterinary, medical, and public health resources in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, the Ministry of Medical Services, and other partners.
Combining GDD programs through this Regional Center achieves greater effectiveness than stand-alone programs and also serves as a technical resource for surrounding countries in the areas of diagnostic testing, outbreak and emergency response.
• Since 2004, GDD-Kenya has responded to 163 outbreaks in nine countries, providing diagnostic and epidemiologic support
• Detection of greater than 40 novel (locally and internationally) pathogens, including the discovery of two new pathogens: Nodavirus and novel species of Bartonella and Rickettsia
• Capability to detect more that 40 human and animals (zoonotic) pathogens, with serologic, molecular, and culture-based diagnostics
• Graduation of 60 future global health leaders, representing 4 countries, from the two-year FELTP program
• Build capacity and provide support for regional outbreak response activities; recent outbreaks include Dengue fever in Somalia and NE Kenya, and rabies (human and animal) in W. Kenya.