Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC)

Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC)

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ABOUT US

Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control (ESACIPAC) was established in May 2001 with the goal of coordinating activities on school health based parasite control in the Eastern & Southern Africa region under the framework of the Global Parasite Control Initiative (also called Hashimoto initiative). Japan successfully eliminated major parasitic diseases, including malaria, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and intestinal worms using a school health based approach. Based on this experience, the Government of Japan in 1998 proposed the Hashimoto initiative and established three research and training centres around the world – in Asia, East Africa, and West Africa.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) officially inaugurated ESACIPAC as a research and training centre of the institute in 2002 to ensure its sustainability and as a strategy to improve KEMRI’s contribution to capacity building for human health improvement through supporting parasite control activities in the region.

Although the Hashimoto Initiative stopped abruptly in 2008, the Centre has made major strides forward realizing substantial growth in number of projects and diversity of activities undertaken. New partnerships and collaborations have been established ensuring that ESACIPAC continues to be a regional Centre of excellence in parasite control

MISSION

our core values

VISION

mandates

Parasitology & Entomology

To conduct research on parasitic diseases particularly malaria and NTDs, to evaluate tools and strategies for parasite control, to work with the Ministry of Health in mapping and surveillance (epidemiology) for parasitic diseases. To conduct monitoring and evaluation for Ministry of Health School-based and community-based parasite control and elimination programmes.

  • Functions

 

Coordinate support of MOH and other sectorial programmes to control and/or eliminate preventive chemotherapy neglected tropical diseases. Providing technical support to the Ministries control and elimination programmes and sharing best practices.

Collaborating with Ministry of Health in mapping, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of parasitic disease control and elimination programmes.

Immunology and Serology

To evaluate tools and strategies for parasite control, to provide NTDs research diagnostic services.

  • Functions

 

To evaluate tools and strategies for parasite control, to provide NTDs research diagnostic services. Capacity building of Ministry of Health Officers in evaluation of tools and strategies of parasite control and diagnostics.

Molecular Biology

To evaluate tools and strategies for parasite control, to provide NTDs research diagnostic services

  • Functions

 

To evaluate tools and strategies for parasite control, to provide NTDs research diagnostic services. To capacity build at the NTDs reference regional laboratory in ESACIPAC and provide services

Public Health and Social Sciences

To conduct implementation research for preventive chemotherapy NTDs targeted for control and/elimination by the Ministry of Health and other ministries as well as malaria.

  • Functions

 

Identifying barriers and facilitators in accessing populations targeted for preventive chemotherapy and malaria control (LLN use and coverage, IPT)and come up with improved scalable strategies for reaching/accessing such population. Conducting knowledge, attitudes and practices of communities regarding parasitic diseases. Sharing best practices parasitic disease control and elimination strategies. Capacity building ministry of health and other collaborating ministry officer in the counties in implementation of the school-based deworming programme.

  1. Specialized technical services to research projects and public health programmes
  2. Training facilities and services
  3. Technical support to Ministry of Health

PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS

World Health Organization (WHO), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)& Global Malaria Program (GMP), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University of Tropical medicine (NUTM), Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA)

Dr. Doris Wairimu Njomo

CENTER DIRECTOR

Doctor of Philosophy Degree, Public Health- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID), Kenya –July 2011. Thesis Title “Factors Influencing Compliance with Mass Treatment in the National Programme for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Kenya”.

contact us

P.O. Box 54840, Nairobi, KENYA

Tel: +254-20-2731192/3, +254-20-2722541

Fax: +254-2-2717521, 2731194

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