USAMRU-KUnited States Army Medical Research Unit - Kenya
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In recent years, the research was coupled with comprehensive HIV care and treatment, an USAMRU-K initiative funded the through the U.S.
Now, with help from USAMRU-K and PEPFAR funds, more than 40,000 Kenyans receive care and treatment, Shaffer said.
USAMRU-K's HIV program extends to teens at the Kericho Youth Center, where adolescents learn about HIV infection and prevention through peer-to-peer education.
Soldiers also bring them presents and milk from cows kept near USAMRU-K's Kericho guesthouse, she said.
USAMRU-K has a staff of 10 Soldiers, two Army civilians and more than 400 Kenyan contractors--a mix of doctors, nurses, scientists and laboratory technicians, who work together to research, test and prevent disease.
Currently, USAMRU-K is taking part in a vaccine trial that may produce the world's first malaria vaccine for children.
Charla Gaddy runs a laboratory that processes blood, urine, stool and other samples from people taking part in USAMRU-K research--up to 100 tests a day.
"As a Soldier, a research scientist and a medical professional, I get to see the impact that USAMRU-K is having on the lives of people in western Kenya," Gaddy said.
Eric Wagar, director of USAMRU-K's Malaria Diagnostics and Control Center of Excellence, about his recent trip to Nigeria.