In Kenya, ASM is strengthening microbiology services for the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic infections. Since 2007, ASM has supported not only human resource capacity building in the form of mentoring and training, but also areas of laboratory infrastructure, supply chain, public health networks, and accreditation.
ASM in Kenya
- 7 Workshops Conducted
- 132 Laboratory Staff Trained
- 33 Laboratory Staff from 10 Laboratories Mentored
- Clinical/Public Health Microbiology
Voices from the Laboratory...
In March 2015, ASM held a meeting to debrief the Kenya Ministry of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representatives from the County government, and partners on the impact of Microbiology Mentoring in Kenya. The highlight of the meeting was the report given by the six hospitals ASM supported with local mentorship – Bungoma, Thika, Murang’a, Bomu, Meru, and Migori. Of note, all sites were able to improve detection of bacterial vaginosis, a condition that affects both reproductive health and HIV infection in women. In Migori, mentoring enabled the laboratory to isolate a Vibrio cholera species during a recent outbreak, which led to provision of more microbiology supplies. CDC closed with the statement, "Give a man a fish and you will feed them for a day but teach them how to fish and you will feed them forever."
BioResource Centers (BRC)
The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. The BRC in Kenya serve as locations for scientists and stakeholder to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Mailing Address of BRC:
Ambassadors to Kenya
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Kenya, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Kenya, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
Country Ambassador - Samuel Kariuki
Young Ambassador - John Njeru
For more information on ASM's Kenya program,
please contact Lynee Galley at firstname.lastname@example.org.