UNITED STATES ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH DIRECTORATE - KENYA
The United States Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya — sometimes known informally as the “Walter Reed Project” — is a “Special Foreign Activity” of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
The unit was established in 1969 and operates under a cooperative agreement with the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Much of the research done there has focused on tropical diseases, such as malaria, trypanosomiasis, and leishmaniasis, as well as arboviruses, HIV/AIDS, and other emerging infectious diseases.
The USAMRU-K Kisumu Field Station is based in Kisumu, Kenya located in Nyanza Province along Lake Victoria. There are five clinic and research departments to include Clinical Trials, Basic Science, Malaria Diagnostics Center (MDC), Entomology/Vector Biology Unit, and Malaria Drug Resistance (MDR) Laboratory. The focus of this program is to develop drugs and vaccines for malaria and other tropical diseases.