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Kenya Research Station

Nagasaki University Kenya Research Station is an overseas research station that was established through the “Program to Establish Infectious Disease Research Network” (Sept. 2005- Mar. 2010) and“Tropical Medicine, Emerging Infectious Disease and Clinical Epidemiological Research Program” (Apr. 2010-Mar. 2016) funded by the Ministry of Education (MEXT) in Japan. Since April 2016, the site received renewed funding from MEXT titled, “Program for Research and Capacity Development Toward Infectious Diseases Control” to establish an education and research collaboration platform for Kenya and Japan”.
The goals of this project are to strengthen the Kenya Research station, to train young researchers on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and to collaborate with local researchers on long-term projects.

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Members

  • Leader and Professor Yoshio Ichinose (Kenya)
  • Professor Noboru Minakawa
  • Professor Sinjiro Hamano
  • Professor Masahiro Hashizume
  • Professor Satoshi Kaneko
  • Associate Professor Hitoshi Kawada
  • Assistant Professor Singo Inoue (JICA Expert/ Kenya)
  • Assistant Professor Kyoko Futami
  • Assistant Professor Yoshito Fujii
  • Assistant Professor Shah Mohammad
  • Assistant Professor Rie Takeuchi (Kenya)
  • Assistant Professor Peter Larson (Kenya)
  • Research Fellow Mitsuru Toda (JICA Expert/ Kenya)
  • Administrative/HR Manager Yukie Saito (Kenya)
  • Administrator Haruki Kazama (Kenya)
  • Chief Accountant Shizuko Yagi (Kenya)
  • Administrator Mitsuo Takatoh (Kenya)
  • Administrator Kaori Mori
  • Graduate Student Shunpei Kanbe
  • Graduate Student Gabriel Dida
  • Graduate Student Ernestt Apondi

Progress of the program

Establishment of The Research Station

We have made progress on establishing the Kenya Research Station in Nairobi (including the Biosafety Level 3 laboratory) and field research sites in Mbita, Kwale and Busia. Renovation of the building and conference rooms, maintenance of information systems, and procurement of vehicles are currently ongoing.

Researchers and administrative staff from Japan

Five researchers including the Chief Representative and three administrative staff members were dispatched from Japan to Kenya. An Assistant Professor and a Researcher are working as JICA Experts for the STAREPS project. Four Professors and three Assistant Professors have supported our project through short-term visits.

Contribution to the Community members

In Mbita and Kwale areas, Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) has collected data on population, birth and death rates, and incidences of diseases over time. Mosquito Surveillance System (MSS) collects and analyzes data on malaria mosquitos in Mbita. In 2012, we began a new project through the JICA Partnership Program focusing on school health in Mbita which has been ongoing since 2009.

Tropical Medicine Researche

Research on parasitology, malaria eradication, and mosquito transmission research are ongoing in Western Kenya, Research on bacterial and viral diarrheal disease and mosquito-borne hemorrhagic fever are continuing in the laboratories at the P3 lab in Nairobi Office and at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Production Department.
In Kwale, epidemiological research of maternal child health are being conducted. As the “The Project for Development of Rapid Diagnostics and the Establishment of an Alert System for Outbreaks of Yellow Fever and Rift Valley Fever in Kenya” of JICA-AMED SATREPS Project launched in March 2012, we completed setting up two KEMRI labs at the KEMRI Production Department and in Busia. The mSOS system (mobile SMS-based disease outbreak alert system) was established at the Ministry of Health.. A lab. for seroepidemiology project focusing on NTDs (neglected tropical diseases) was set up with funding by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (1st phase: 2009-2011, 2nd phase:2011-2016). The 3rd phase started in Nov. 2015.

Educational Programs

Five medical doctors from Kenya graduated from “the Master of Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Nagasaki”. Two Kenyan students are currently enrolled in graduate school of the “Program for Nurturing Global Leaders in Tropical and Emerging Communicable Diseases” at the Institute of Tropical Medicine. Every year, we give opportunities for three master students from “The Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health” to study in Kenya. We also have accepted medical school students from Osaka University, Osaka City University and Shiga University of Medical Science and so on for field trainings.

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