The MSM Health Research Consortium designs and implements studies that identify and address HIV, health and other challenges faced by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in East Africa.
The MSM Health Research consortium was established in 2014 by researchers affiliated with KEMRI–Wellcome Trust (KWTRP) in Kilifi, Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) in Kisumu, and SWOP clinics in Nairobi, and Universities of Nairobi, Manitoba, Illinois, Washington and Oxford.
The current Kenyan organizational membership includes: KEMRI CDC, SWOP Clinics, KAVI-ICR, KWTRP, NRHS, the National SOGIE Research Advisory Committee (G10) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
Members will periodically review and consider admission of new members of the consortium.
The specific objectives of the consortium are:
- To strive to standardise data collection tools to enable the collection of data that is comparable across study sites.
- To share and pool data following mutually agreed-upon protocols for analyzing, writing and publishing results.
- To develop new, innovative biomedical and behavioral research together, or in collaboration with agreed upon partners, with the main goal of informing and assisting the Kenya Ministry of Health to improve HIV prevention, care and treatment of MSM.