CENTRE FOR VECTOR DISEASES CONTROL, KWALE
The Kwale Research Centre is responsible for conducting fundamental and applied research on vector-borne parasites and viruses of medical importance, the insect vectors of these pathogens, and immunology, parasitic infections surveillance, epidemiology and Molecular Biology.
Our mission is to improve human health and quality of life through research, capacity building, innovation and service delivery
Our vision is to be a leading centre of excellence in research for human health
1. Vector Biology Division (Disease transmission Dynamics)
(i) To carry research on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases
(ii) To Undertake research on Snails and its ecology
(iii) Undertake vector Surveillance
2. Biomedical Research Division (Parasitic and Microbial Disease Epidemiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology)
(i) To understand the epidemiology malaria in populations
(ii) Understand Schistosomiasis in the community and predisposing factors
(iii) Epidemiology and surveillance
3. Diagnostics Laboratory and support of County Health Clinical Care
(i) Diagnosis of parasitic and infectious diseases
(ii) Diagnosis of Microbes
(iii) To undertake haematological analysis
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH DIVISION
The Division is responsible for undertaking research in Parasitic and Microbial Disease, Epidemiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology.
DIAGNOSTICS LABORATORY AND SUPPORT OF COUNTY HEALTH CLINICAL CARE DIVISION
The Diagnostics laboratory is responsible for Planning and supporting research activities in the Centre through coordination, supervision and participation in sample collection, analysis and dissemination of quality assured results to improve human health.
VECTOR BIOLOGY RESEARCH DIVISION
In Kwale County malaria transmission has been persistent during this Phase of scaled up interventions through continuous and regular distribution of long-lasting impregnated nets (LLINs).
Research and Support Stations
Msambweni and Kinango Field Stations
To properly ensure proper coordination of Biomedical and Clinical Research with Kwale, two (2) field stations, Msambweni and Kinango will coordinate field work for sample collections and will be the main reference points for community engagement and community entry, sample sorting and analysis and liaison with the County Department.
Diani and Lunga Lunga Satellite Stations
These two satellite sites will oversee specific research questions data collections. Diani and Lunga Lunga Satellite will be responsible for Emerging and Re-emerging disease surveillance especially mosquito borne arboviral infections such as Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and Zika. These sites are also key in monitoring urbanization and possible associated diseases.
- SUPPORT SERVICES SECTION
The station will have the following support services and staffing to ensure prudent management of Institutes Resources and prompt and timely Reporting, including Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). The Support Services will be under the Office of the Deputy Director.
(iii) Information Communication Technology
(iv) Accounts and Finance
(v) Facilities and Maintenance
(vi) Security services
Kenya Medical Research Institute Headquarters,
Nairobi. off Mbagathi way,
P.O BOX 20778 – 00200 Nairobi