Public Health Cluster, Nairobi, Kenya

International targets have been established to improve child survival, reduce the burden of malaria worldwide and eliminate inequities in health encompassed as the Millennium Development Goals.

Achieving these targets demands a research evidence base to monitor progress towards these targets and inform decisions on how they can best be achieved

The Public Health group manages a portfolio of research to tackle the broad needs of reaching health targets in the developing world. The research examines the evidence behind health policy, the barriers to accessing care and prevention, the quality of care provision, the resource needs and the optimization of resource allocation, and the performance of international, regional and national system's to achieve the MDGs.

The scientific staff cover a multi-disciplinary range of research skills including epidemiology, medicine, mathematical modeling, disease mapping, health economics, social science and health systems research. 59 scientists are based in Nairobi from post-graduate research scientists, doctoral students, post-doctoral research fellows and senior research fellows.

The group is located within the National Public Health Laboratory compound at the Kenyatta National Referral Hospital. The location is of research-to-policy strategic importance being next door to the Ministry of Health's Divisions of Malaria Control, Vector Borne Diseases, Expanded Programme on Immunization, HIV/AIDS control programme and close to the University of Nairobi's Department of Community Medicine.

The research group are principally funded by The Wellcome Trust to support the infrastructure, research training and public engagement in addition to fellowship support to five research scientists from Kenya, Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Additional research funding is provided by smaller grants from the Department for International Development, World Bank and other national bilateral and funding agencies.       

The research programme in Nairobi is configured around several key themes:

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Central to all the research in Nairobi is the interface between the science and the health policies in Kenya, regionally and at a Global scale.

Research undertaken by scientists at the Nairobi Unit has been directly linked to: