Letter from Overseas Research Station – Africa Research Station

Yoshio Ichinose, Professor
Africa Research Station, Institute of Tropical Medicine

The Africa Research Station was established by MEXT Special Budget in 2005. Currently, we are continuing our efforts with the “Tropical Medicine, Emerging Infectious Disease and Clinical Epidemiological Research Program.” The main purpose of this project is to establish a research base of tropical diseases in Kenya and improve the level of research on tropical infections and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. And in places where disease is spreading, we live and work with local researchers while, at the same time, educating both Kenyan and Japanese researchers so that their future efforts can help and improve the local communities.

The Africa Research Station consists of six facilities; the Nairobi Office, the P3 Lab, the laboratory located at headquarters of Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and three other offsite project sites (Suba, Kwale, and Busia).

This project was supported by 20 Japanese and 85 Kenyan staff members. Since 2012, we have been conducting JICA grassroots technical cooperation projects along with 10 different research projects on parasites, malaria vector mosquitoes, diarrhea, viral infectious diseases (the SATREPS Project – “the Project for Development of Rapid Diagnostics and the Establishment of an Alert System for Outbreaks of Yellow Fever and Rift Valley Fever in Kenya”), multiplex serological assay (Strategic Funds for the Promotion of Science and Technology, JST, “Development of a concurrent detection method for a wide range of pathogens of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa”), maternal and child health, T.B., oral health check-ups, malaria eradication, and fungal infection.

In April 2010, Nagasaki University built the Africa Research Station in Kenya so that every faculty member of Nagasaki University could conduct research activities in Africa and the School of Dentistry has just begun dental health research there. The Faculty of Fisheries, the School of Engineering, and the School of Health Sciences are trying to start the “Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project.”

 

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