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June 10, 2022

Josh Ehrlich is co-principal investigator of an NIH grant in Kenya which will enhance understanding of aging in Africa

With enabling support from Center for Global Health Equity, an international team of researchers has received a $338K grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address major gaps in population-level data on aging in Kenya, one of Africa’s most populous nations.

The NIH grant supports pilot work to lay groundwork for future NIH grant applications aimed at launching the full-scale Longitudinal Study of Health and Aging in Kenya (LOSHAK), a cohort study of Kenyan adults aged 45 and older. The study will enroll thousands of participants and will follow them over the course of years.

The Kaloleni/Rabai study is run by Aga Khan University (AKU). Josh Ehrlich, a co-principal investigator of the NIH grant, says AKU’s expertise and leadership is central to the success of the study: “Our partners at AKU have strong relationships with communities in this region, and these relationships—the trust and understanding they’ve built—make all the difference in the quality of the research.”

Read more about the study at the Center for Global Health Equity.