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US envoy hails impact of funds in Kibera

13 December 2013, 17:19

Nairobi - Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, has lauded Kenya for putting funds received from her country to good use.

During a visit to US-funded Kibera Research Station at the heart of Kibera slums, she expressed pride at the work the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) were doing in Kibera and for the people of Kenya as a whole.

 “It is good to see that CDC and the government of Kenya are putting to good use funds from the US government towards prevention diseases,” she said.

Thomas-Greenfield visited the Tabitha Clinic which is a joint venture of CDC, KEMRI and Carolina for Kibera, an NGO.
The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) funds are administered through CDC and implemented by KEMRI who use it to support home based HIV counseling and testing in Kibera and additional clinic support for HIV services at Tabitha Clinic.

Ambassador Robert Godec, accompanied her while they were hosted by Director for International Emerging Infections Programme Centre for Disease Control and Prevention-Kenya, Dr Joel Montgomery.

Montgomery said that the CDC-KEMRI collaboration does not however cater for home-based care but instead caters for home-based counseling and testing and clinic based care.

 “The center does surveillance and categorization of diseases in addition to provision of preventive vaccination,” said Montgomery.

About US$ 117 000 is spent yearly on surveillance, research, vaccination and implementation of evidence based public health programs from the PEPFAR funds in the facility.

This is in addition to the $1 million per year given through CDC’s Global Disease Detection Programme.

The state department also had given out $ 30 000 for the renovation of the Kibera Research Centre's state-of-the-art laboratory.

- CAJ News


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