Public Health and Health Research Systems Programme
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. Public Health programmes often neglect the contribution that addressing social determinants of health can make to achieving health targets, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
KEMRI’s research programme on Public Health and Health Systems Research, conducts research on multidisciplinary epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental, occupational, nutritional, social, dental population and health systems and policy. The flagship project areas including; epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, nutrition, environmental/occupational health, oral health, health care financing, governance and leadership and service delivery. To this end, the programme conducts multi-disciplinary epidemiology research and biostatistics, social, dental and health systems and policy formulation.[/blockquote]
The laboratory also undertakes routine diagnosis for measles and rubella. Out of its outstanding work the KEMRI polio laboratory is classified within the WHO Global Network of Polio Laboratories as a National and Inter-country laboratory designated to serve:
Here the Kericho tea plantations presented a unique opportunity since individual worker’s productivity is measured in Kilos which equates to earnings.
When a study was conducted there it was observed that once a HIV positive individual received treatment, though their productivity may have declined, there was a steady increase and by six months productivity was restored which meant more earnings for them. Applied research therefore provides evidence for the core mission of public health which is to improve the health of the populations for increased productivity.[/blockquote]