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Nairobi, Kenya

Site Institution: Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)
U.S. Institution: Yale University
Research Areas: HIV Continuum of Care, Implementation Science, Gender, Youth Specific Prevention

Site Description:
Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) was established in 1901 as a national teaching and referral hospital and a medical research site. It is the largest teaching and referral hospital in the Kenya health system and has a wide spectrum of sub-specialties. The hospital has 22 specialized outpatient clinics, 50 inpatient wards and 24 theatres.

The Department of Pediatrics, where Dr. Irene Inwani (mentor and site leader) is affiliated, is one of the most dynamic departments in the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Kenyatta National Hospital. The Department is committed to achieving excellence in training and research with the aim of improving pediatric health provision in Kenya.

Other features of this site include:
  • KNH Training, Research and Innovation center provides specialized training in health and facilitating research and innovation in the Hospital.
  • KNH hosts the College of Health Sciences and the Kenya Medical Training College. The College of Health Sciences is the leading tertiary healthcare training center in Kenya and the East Africa region. It houses the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID), the Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention and Research (CHIVPR) and the East African Kidney Institute (EAKI)
Current research projects and areas of interest include:
  • County Ownership and Networks to maintain Nairobi Epidemic Control
    • Grant No: PEPFAR 6 NU2GGH002332-01 and CDC
    • Goals: To implement and expand high quality, sustainable, and comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in Nairobi County
  • The high volume of patients in specialized clinics offers opportunities for research in prevention, treatment and management of infectious diseases including HIV as well as non-communicable diseases.
  • As a national referral hospital, there is a wealth of data that can be utilized to inform and improve health care provision within and outside of Kenya.
  • The site excels in research related to the continuum of HIV care, among other conditions, within an implementation science framework.