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NID Work Package

The NID work package is coordinated by Dr Erick M O Muok based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the centre for Global Health Research in Kisumu Kenya.

In the EDCTP2 programme emphasises the following neglected infectious diseases (NIDs): dengue/severe dengue, rabies, human African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis); leishmaniases, cysticercosis/taeniasis, guinea-worm disease (dracunculiasis), echinococcosis foodborne trematodiases, lymphatic filariasis, mycetoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness); schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiases, Buruli ulcer, leprosy (Hansen disease), trachoma, yaws, diarrhoeal infections, lower respiratory infections, as well as emerging infectious diseases of particular relevance for Africa such as Ebola or yellow fever.

The work package has a different capacity building focusing on current technologies employed in solving problems brought by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and research activities involving different diseases Like:

1) Ebola- Conduct surveillance, develop GIS maps Ebola treatment, and vaccines; and other clinical trials.

2) Dengue: Measure prevalence and transmission of Dengue, and identification of hot spots.

3) Schistosomiasis: Collection of epidemiological data and Development of GIS maps of endemic areas.

4) Leishmaniasis: Evaluation of new diagnostics and GIS mapping of VL and CL endemic areas.

5) Cysticercosis: Evaluation of new detection tools. Hydatidosis: Measurement of prevalence, epidemiology, genotypes and diagnosis. All these activities involve different partners playing different complimentary roles.

Training and Mentorships: 

  1. 6 MSc

Short Courses Conducted

  1. Molecular Diagnostics for NIDs
  2. NID Genomics training
  3. Co-opted in Reciprocal Monitoring Scheme Training
  4. Clinical Epidemiological Studies Dengue: Measure prevalence and transmission of Dengue, and identification of hot spots at KCRI.
  5. Schistosomiasis drug studies on alternative treatment regiments at KEMRI, Kisumu