FOPRO - Fountain Projects and Research Office

Fountain Projects and Research Office (FOPRO) is a division established in March 2019 by Fountain Health Care (FHC) Limited that is dedicated to the development and execution of healthcare projects, health-related research and the provision of relevant healthcare training in form of short courses and consulting services in Kenya and the whole East and Central Africa region. FOPRO houses a clinical research centre that designs and conducts internationally benchmarked observational and interventional studies and is staffed by a group of investigators who are internationally renowned in their fields of specialization to lead the various research agenda within their portfolio.


FOPRO works with a number of partners, notably grant organizations, pharmaceutical industries and biotechnology organizations, contract research organizations (CROs) and site management organizations (SMOs) to conduct both
investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored studies with strict compliance to Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Human Subjects Protection (HSP) guidelines as espoused in our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). One of these fruitful partnerships is our collaboration with Anchor Clinical Trials Network, an affiliate company of the globally renowned Medinova Quality Research sites to conduct high-quality clinical trials in different disease portfolios on behalf of various sponsoring organizations at our clinical research centre. In addition, FOPRO researchers and affiliated clinicians participate in initiating and conducting mission-oriented healthcare research and consultancy services, looking into various aspects of healthcare including, but are not limited to aging, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic pulmonary diseases,
and mental disorders), maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), surgical conditions, eye health, public health, health economics, health services management (HSM), as well as health policy.

FOPRO  Vision

To be an internationally recognized centre for excellence in the design and conduct of healthcare-related observational and interventional studies.

FOPRO  serves to:

To develop and conduct both observational and interventional studies, projects, and training while nurturing a team of young innovative healthcare researchers, project managers and trainers in Kenya and East and Central African region

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Core values

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism and ethics

  • Team-work

  • Open-mindedness

  • Consistency

  • Compassion

  • Service to other

  • Innovation

Our Services

We deliver on a range of research programs (observational and interventional) and
consultancies in the following areas;

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, cancer, chronic lung diseases, mental health, injuries and trauma, and gender-based violence )

  • Eye and dental health

  • Maternal, new-born, and child health (MNCH)

  • Public health (epidemiology and biostatistics, operational research, implementation science research, health economics, international health, and health services management)

  • Surgical conditions

  • Population health.

  • Oncology

Education and Training Programs:

For continued knowledge-sharing and capacity building, training of the next generation of health
researchers and clinicians is paramount and is an important goal of FOPRO. Thus, it strives to engage
in various education and training programs that will not be limited to, but include:

  • Training in grant writing techniques

  • Hands-on training in epidemiology and bio-statistical techniques

  • Training on grants management

  • Training on implementation science

  • Mentorship through hands-on participation in various clinical research projects at FOPRO.

  • Short clinical courses on core areas e.g. endoscopy, high-resolution anoscopy, aspects of

  • surgical oncology, diabetes education, etc.

Our Services

Dr. Paul Yonga

Founding Chair, FOPRO; Infectious Diseases Physician-Scientist and Clinical Epidemiologist, FOPRO Clinical Research Centre; Consultant Infectiologist and Tropical/Travel Medicine Specialist, Fountain Health Care Hospital, Kenya


Dr. Andrew Wandera

Gastrointestinal surgeon & Lecturer, Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology, Moi University, Kenya.

 

Prof Violet Naanyu

Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. Co-Field Director of Research, Indiana University-Kenya Program, Eldoret; Director, AMPATH Qualitative Research Core (AQRC); Member, Africa Ethics Working Group (AEWG); Member, National Bioethics Committee, National Commission for Science Technology and Innovations (NACOSTI), Kenya


Prof Ann Mwangi

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Ag. Director Institute of Biomedical Informatics (IBMI), College of Health Sciences, Moi University, Kenya


Dr. Charles Kwoba

Consultant Physician and Lecturer at Moi University Department of Medicine; Clinical Trials Specialist, Moi
University Clinical Research Centre.


Dr. Kamano Jemima

Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital; Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine, Moi University, Kenya.