The Mombasa HIV/STD Research Site

Who We Are

Established in 1993, the Mombasa HIV/STD Research Site is a collaborative effort of the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Kenya Ministry of Health, Mombasa County, Coast General Hospital (CGH), the University of Washington (UW), the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and the US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Since 1993, we have provided VCT to >10,000 and on-going care to >3,800 at-risk and HIV-positive women, trained >50 Kenyan researchers, and published >225 manuscripts presenting the findings of HIV and STD prevention, treatment, and pathogenesis studies

What We Do

  1. We provide high-quality care to at-risk and HIV-positive women participating in the high-risk women’s cohort (Mombasa Cohort).
  2. We conduct innovative HIV and STI prevention and treatment research that will contribute substantially to local as well as global knowledge and implementation of effective interventions.
  3. We support HIV and STI prevention, care, and research efforts in Mombasa by training Kenyan researchers and practitioners, implementing technology transfer, and contributing to infrastructure development.


The Mombasa HIV/STD Research Site provides a wide range of services to at-risk and HIV-positive women in the community. Over our 25 year history in Mombasa, we have provided VCT to more than 10,000 and on-going outpatient services to more than 3800 women. Our exceptional staff is dedicated to providing high quality care. The Mombasa Site was one of the first research clinics in Kenya to offer antiretroviral therapy to participants, beginning in March 2004


Over the past 25 years, more than 30 major grants from the US government, private foundations, and industry have been awarded for collaborative research in Mombasa. Research supported by these grants has examined a range of topics relating to HIV and STD acquisition, transmission, treatment, and prevention.


Capacity building through collaborative research, training, infrastructure development, and technology transfer are top priorities for the site. To this end, we have worked closely with the UW’s International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP) and the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) to support the development of a highly productive collaborative HIV research program linking investigators from Kenya and the United States.

Professor J.O. Ndinya-Achola Building at Ganjoni Health Center in Mombasa was officially opened in July 2012 by the University of Nairobi’s Vice Chancellor, Professor George A.O. Magoha