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New Clinical Research Center and Comprehensive Care Center Open in Kericho

January 1, 2012
Two new facilities opened in Kericho, Kenya to support the area’s growing need for HIV care, treatment and research.

Two new facilities opened in Kericho, Kenya to support the area’s growing need for HIV care, treatment and research. The Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project (KEMRI/WRP) and the Kericho District Hospital/Ministry of Health (MoH) worked together to open a clinical research center and an HIV comprehensive care center reflecting the strong collaboration between the Kenyan and U.S. Governments.

The new Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project Clinical Research Center, located on the grounds of the MoH, comprises 16 exam rooms, laboratory freezer storage and a state-of-the-art pharmacy.

The Kericho District Hospital HIV Comprehensive Care Center, also known as the “HAART Clinic,” supports the District hospital’s outpatient HIV services. The HIV Comprehensive Care Center serves more than 14,000 patients and includes nine satellite antiretroviral satellite sites, 14 HIV Counseling and Testing sites and 42 Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission sites.

As the largest regional hospital, Kericho District Hospital (KDH) serves as a tertiary referral center providing comprehensive services to the greater Kericho District and region. The Kenyan government and the KEMRI/WRP partnership support the KDH program under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. The MoH implements programs locally.