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Mfangano Community Health Field Station

Key Contact: Chas Salmen | Visit Activity Website

Country(ies): Kenya

Contact Information

Activity Description

The Mfangano Community Health Field Station is a community-rooted enterprise launched in collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Maseno University, and the Organic Health Response (OHR) of Mfangano Island in Kenya.

We seek to advance community-based research, bilateral training opportunities for health practitioners from Kenya and USA, and foster long-term resilience among the communities of Lake Victoria. Through our adaptive “Community Health Ecosystem” model, we are growing transcultural friendships to better understand deep problems and cultivate creative, enduring solutions.

The field station is headquartered out of the Ekialo Kiona Center, a solar-powered community center located on donated land at Kitawi Beach Village. On Mfangano Island, we are now coordinating groundbreaking community health research to improve HIV care and treatment, support the development of an emergency referral system for maternal and newborn health, investigate sustainable food security interventions, and broadcast important health messages to over 200,000 Lake Victoria residents via the Ekialo Kiona Radio Station.

Activity Types

Capacity Building, Community Outreach, Education/Training, Research

Academic Health Center Units

Medical School
     Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Other Academic Health Center Units
     Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR)

Other Collaborators

Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility - East Africa Hub

Partner Organizations

Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Organic Health Response

Activity Topics

Child Health, Ecosystems, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, Hunger & Food Security, Infectious Disease, Maternal Health, Rural Health

Special Tags

CGHSR Scholars, Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Site