Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) Program

KEMRI/FACES aims to build the next generation of Kenyan and UC scientists focused on HIV, mental health, maternal-child health, and planetary health.

The KEMRI-UCSF collaboration was founded in 1995 by Drs. C. Cohen (UCSF) and E. Bukusi (KEMRI). In 2004, they began Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES), a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded program to provide HIV care, treatment and preventative services in the western region of Kenya. FACES has supported HIV treatment to more than 170,000 people at over 148 Ministry of Health facilities. FACES hosts an expanding array of transdisciplinary clinical and implementation research funded by FIC, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, CDC, and other agencies. Projects include:

  • East Africa International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS
  • An agricultural intervention for food security and HIV health outcomes in Kenya, in collaboration with UC Davis
  • A community model to improve cervical cancer screening
  • Integration of sexual and reproductive health services into HIV care and treatment including transforming gender norms to improve family planning uptake
  • The SEARCH trial
  • Mental health and HIV

KEMRI and UC mentors working in Kenya cover a wide range of disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, pediatrics, neurology, sociology, mental health, women's and adolescent health, and migration and health.

In addition, UC Davis collaborates with KEMRI on childhood nutrition and planetary health-linked projects. UC San Diego faculty collaborate on projects associated with the emerging HIV epidemic among injection drug users, which began with the formative research of a former GloCal fellow, Jennifer Syvertsen.

Site contact: Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi