At FACES, we are advancing health by conducting innovative medical and social research, delivering high-quality health care services, 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 vulnerable populations in Kisumu County, 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, pediatric and adolescent health and growth, reproductive health, poverty, stigma reduction, and overall well-being.

Our Approach

Our Mission

Promote healthy societies by conducting medical and social research, delivering high-quality, comprehensive health services, and building capacity through training and partnerships.

The UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals are our guiding metric of success, and we aim to reach them by 2030 in all of the areas that we serve.

  • 95% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 95% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 95% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Visit our Impact page to learn about our progress as we work toward these goals.

Our Vision

We aim to create a world that is HIV-free, where every person has access to high-quality health care and the other resources they 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.

As of September 2016, we have shifted our focus to working exclusively in Kisumu County, where we are deepening the services we provide to 61 health facilities there. Our overall mission remains the same, and we are still striving to meet the UNAIDS’s 95-95-95 targets in the areas we serve.