FACES Overview

At FACES, our work is centered on advancing health through high quality medical and social research, health care services, and training in collaboration with local partners in Kenya and internationally. Our key partners include University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

We work on a wide range of innovative projects to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Kenya. Our projects, which are focused in underserved Kisumu county, address HIV, TB, pediatric health and growth, reproductive health, and well-being.

In line with UNAIDS goals, we aim to reach 90-90-90 by 2020:

  • 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 90% 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.


We envision being the global center of excellence in research, capacity building, innovative healthcare, and advocacy for human health.


Promotion of healthy societies through research, provision, of health services, and capacity building.

Research and Projects

Through rigorous and innovative research and projects, we are working to improve the health of vulnerable populations.

HIV Comprehensive Services

To achieve 90-90-90, our FACES project provides HIV technical expertise and comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to over 70 health facilities in areas with high HIV burden.

Capacity building

We invest and build skills and knowledge of our clinical, research, and support staff; Kenya Ministry of Health providers; patients; and community.

Strengthen Community

We focus our community strengthening work on young people through creative and innovative efforts, such as outreach through football, peer leadership programs and a Children’s Club.

Our History

The Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program launched in September 2004 through a collaboration between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to provide and strengthen comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health services to HIV-affected families in Migori, Homabay, Kisumu and Nairobi counties.

As of September 2016, we have shifted our focus to working exclusively in Kisumu county, where we will be deepening the services we provide to over 70 health facilities there. Our overall mission remains to conduct medical and social research; provide and support the provision of holistic health care; and to conduct and support local and international training in collaboration with local and international partners.