Hosted by the Peruvian Navy and co-located at their flagship hospital in Lima, at the Naval Hospital in Iquitos, and in Puerto Maldonado; the US Naval Medical Research Unit - 6 Perú (NAMRU-6) conducts research on and surveillance of a wide range of infectious diseases that are of military or public health significance in the region, including malaria and dengue fever, yellow fever, viral encephalitides, leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease, and enteric diseases such as shigellosis and typhoid fever.
NAMRU-6 partners with the Peruvian Ministries of Defense and Health and works closely with prestigious universities like Cayetano-Heredia and San Marcos. NAMRU-6, also, enjoys a close and productive relationship with Ministries of Defense and Health, universities and NGO's throughout Latin America as well as with USAID, U.S. CDC, U.S. NIH, PAHO, and a number of U.S. universities. These partnerships yield a robust research agenda that includes work in prevention strategies, clinical management trials, immuno- and molecular rapid diagnostics, epidemiology, and ecology as well as projects measuring the social and economic impact of disease.
In 2010 the US Department of defense determined Pathogen Research Priorities for Infectious Diseases research funds. NAMRU-6 aligns its strategic interests with this list to deliver products for the warfighter that historically have most greatly impacted troops during times of conflict as well as having a tremendous financial and public health impact on partner nation militaries and communities in South America.
● Development of products (Vaccines, Medications, Diagnostic tests)
● Biosurveillance of pathogens with pandemic potential
● Delivery of newest technologies to the region
● Training in Laboratory Methods and Epidemiology