At FACES, we are advancing health by conducting innovative medical and social research and building capacity in collaboration with local and international partners. FACES is co-led by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Our efforts focus on underserved populations in western Kenya.

Through a wide range of data-driven and pioneering projects, we take a holistic and comprehensive approach to improving health. Our programs address issues in both the clinic and the community, including HIV, TB, reproductive health, pediatric and adolescent health and growth, poverty, substance use, stigma reduction, and overall well-being.

Our Approach

Our Mission

Promote healthy societies by conducting medical and social research and building capacity through local training and international partnerships.

Our Vision

We aim to create a world where every person has access to high-quality health services and the other resources they need to not just survive, but thrive.

Our History

The Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program launched in September 2004 through a collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). It set out to provide and strengthen comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health services for HIV-affected families in Kenya’s Migori, Homabay, Kisumu and Nairobi counties. In September 2016, FACES worked exclusively in Kisumu County, supporting and strengthening capacity for 61 health facilities to deliver high-quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment serves. In 2022, FACES shifted to a broader context, centered on high-quality health service delivery within and outside of the HIV arena. FACES is building on its long history of collaboration with the local Ministry of Health in western Kenya with a focus on training, education, and research to improve health outcomes and well-being for underserved populations.