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



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


To be a leading Centre of excellence in human health research and capacity development aimed at improving the quality of life of people affected by parasitic diseases.


To be a regional centre of excellence


    • articipation in prevention and control of parasitic diseases through,
      • Evaluation of tools and strategies for parasite control
      • Public health and social science research
    • Strengthening regional capacity for school health and nutrition through,
      • Workshops/ Training courses
      • Technical meetings
      • Technical assistance in the implementation of public health programmes
    • Strengthening partnerships for research, training and capacity building in parasite control through,
      • Supporting development of guidelines and strategic plans
      • Establishment of a reference regional NTD laboratory
      • Training students from local universities
    • Sharing best practices for prevention and control of parasitic diseases through operation research in malaria and NTDs including schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis

Products and Services

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

Core Values

  1. Sanctity of life:We uphold and respect sanctity of life
  2. Creativity and Innovation:We are committed to promoting and supporting creativity and innovation
  3. Professionalism:We are committed to excellence and the highest standards of professionalism
  4. Good Corporate Governance:We believe in the principles of good corporate governance and best practices
  5. Customer focus:We value our customers, and we endeavor to be customer focused
  6. Teamwork:We believe there is strength in teamwork and therefore, we encourage team spirit in what we do.

Ongoing Projects


Ongoing Projects



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.


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


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


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.

Dr. Doris Wairimu Njomo

“Responding to Gender and Age Needs in Prevention and Management of Drug and Substance Abuse in selected Counties of Kenya through the Health System” funded by Government of Kenya, KEMRI Health Research Funds 2015 to date
‘Evaluating Different Drug Delivery Approaches for Treatment of Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis and Schistosomiasis Infections in the National School-based Deworming Programme among Children Attending Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centers in Coast Province, Kenya’ funded by National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation 2012/2013 STI Grant-October 2013 to date

Edward Githinji

Expert/Specialist in the following Research areas:
Entomology – mosquito & sand fly field & Insectory work; Malaria Vector Surveillance & Tungiasis control
Parasitology – P. falciparum, Leishmania major , Shistosoma spp, & STH field & laboratory work; Master trainer National School Based Deworming Programme


Dr. Charles Mwandawiro is a medical entomologist/parasitologist with over 20 years of experience in operational research and control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). He has served as Assistant Director in charge of Partnership and Collaboration at KEMRI. Currently, he coordinates School Health and Nutrition activities, particularly school-based parasite control and school feeding. Dr. Mwandawiro has authored more than 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals covering the fields of entomology and the prevention and control of NTDs and malaria.

He holds a PhD in Medical Entomology (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University) and a Masters in Medical Parasitology from University of Nairobi.

Dr. Doris Wairimu Njomo

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 Info

P.O. Box 54840, Nairobi, KENYA

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

Fax: +254-2-2717521, 2731194