KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Program

The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is based within the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medical Research – (Coast). Our core activities are funded by the Wellcome Trust. We conduct integrated epidemiological, social, laboratory and clinical research in parallel, with results feeding into local and international health policy. Our research platforms include state-of-the-art laboratories, a demographic surveillance system covering a quarter of a million residents, partnership with Kilifi County Hospital in health care and hospital surveillance, a clinical trials facility, a vibrant community engagement programme and a dedicated training facility.

The KWTRP leadership includes the Executive Director Philip Bejon, the KEMRI Centre Director Benjamin Tsofa, Nairobi Programme director Edwine Baraza and the Chief Operating Officer Catherine Kenyatta.

Our Vision to establish long term sustainable capacity for research in human health that improves global health.

Our Mission to deliver high quality research relevant to global health and to build local capacity for undertaking research.

Aims of the programme

To conduct research to the highest international scientific and ethical standards on the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the region in order to provide the evidence base to improve health. To train an internationally competitive cadre of Kenyan and African research leaders to ensure the long term development of health research in Africa