Center for Global Health

MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-8207
Fax: (505) 272-8441

Research and Clinical Facilities in Ombeyi, Kenya

Children at the Research Centre

Children at the Research Centre

Recently, the University of New Mexico partnered with the Ombeyi Health Centre of the Ogra Foundation to create a pediatric research facility. The UNM/KEMRI/Ogra Pediatric Research Centre is located in Muhoroni Division, Ramula. The research centre is 8 Km from the main sub-district hospital, a government facility located at Ahero. The newly formed research site contains 40 inpatient beds specifically dedicated to the management of pediatric infectious diseases. As part of the collaborative activities, we created state-of-the art laboratory and research facilities to investigate childhood illnesses that account for the greatest degree of morbidity and mortality in western Kenya.

Services offered to this rural community include treatment of common ailments such as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections. Additional clinical services include, reproductive health services, water-borne diseases and child immunizations. The Out Patient Department sees an average of 42 patients per day adding up to about 15,000 patients a year.

The Centre has developed a comprehensive health care system to serve both children and the community in Ombeyi. The facility offers VCT services to community members, and is a Patient Support Centre (PSC) to those who test positive. The Centre also provides free ARVs to individuals who require treatment. The newly formed partnership will offer an expansion of these services for children. In addition, the partnership will also provide an important opportunity for training of Kenyan scientists and community health care workers. Recently, the University of New Mexico partnered with the Ombeyi Health Centre of the Ogra Foundation to create a pediatric research facility.

The UNM/KEMRI/Ogra Pediatric Research Centre is located in Muhoroni Division, Ramula. The research centre is 8 Km from the main sub-district hospital, a government facility located at Ahero. The newly formed research site contains 40 inpatient beds specifically dedicated to the management of pediatric infectious diseases. As part of the collaborative activities, we created state-of-the art laboratory and research facilities to investigate childhood illnesses that account for the greatest degree of morbidity and mortality in western Kenya.

Services offered to this rural community include treatment of common ailments such as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections. Additional clinical services include, reproductive health services, water-borne diseases and child immunizations. The Out Patient Department sees an average of 42 patients per day adding up to about 15,000 patients a year.

The Centre has developed a comprehensive health care system to serve both children and the community in Ombeyi. The facility offers VCT services to community members, and is a Patient Support Centre (PSC) to those who test positive. The Centre also provides free ARVs to individuals who require treatment. The newly formed partnership will offer an expansion of these services for children. In addition, the partnership will also provide an important opportunity for training of Kenyan scientists and community health care workers.