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The KEMRI – Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Collaborative Project was informed by an agreement signed during the visit to Kenya by the former United States of America (USA) President, Barack Obama, between his government and the Government of Kenya (GOK) concerning Cooperation in Threat Reduction Biological Engagement Programs.

This collaborative engagement will see the construction of a Sample Management and Receiving Facility (SMRF) building, the construction of a two-storey office connector building and the construction of two, two-story multi-purpose conference rooms.

It also involves the purchase, installation, and commissioning of two new biomedical waste incinerators; installation of three new insectaries; renovations of selected laboratory and office spaces; training and capacity building of KEMRI personnel in line with biosafety, biosecurity and the provision of Pathogen Asset Control System (PACS) and capacity building to operate and utilize the system for sample management.

As a national institution responsible for conducting human health research in Kenya and with a mandate to provide solutions for health problems affecting the Kenyan public, KEMRI’s mandate includes the isolation, handling, storage and discarding of proliferative dangerous pathogens (biological) and the handling of dangerous chemicals used in research affecting human life.

At the moment, preparations and designs of the agreed construction and renovations of the selected laboratory and office space is not only complete, but also agreed upon by the two parties; KEMRI and DTRA.

It is against this background that the DTRA team paid a courtesy call to Director KEMRI on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 to finalize on arrangements to begin the project, expected to begin before the end of this May 2017.


From left to right, Ministry of Health Official, Ms. Isabella Agaya, Acting Director KEMRI, Dr. Yeri Kombe, Lance Brooks and Capt. David Waddell from DTRA CBEP during a kick off meeting a head of the planned ground breaking ceremony for the construction of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity upgrades at KEMRI.

 

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Experts call for regional policy consideration on Tuberculosis laboratory diagnosis

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East African countries are likely to adopt changes in Tuberculosis laboratory diagnosis and treatment of Malaria and Antibiotics use for diarrhea diseases following findings of a four year regional research project in the three diseases.

The findings presented at the 10th East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP) Regional Project Steering Committee and Joint Stakeholders meeting at Arusha,

Tanzania on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 makes key recommendations with significant policy implications in public health care for the five regional countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and hosts, Tanzania.


 

New guidelines on HIV self-testing released

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Lack of effective HIV diagnosis has grossly hampered the fight against HIV, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Consequently, as the World Aids Day is observed today, the WHO, has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing aimed at improving access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis

In a special report released Tuesday, 29th November, 2016, reveals that more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART



 

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KEMRI has six (6) Main Programmes aligned to the KEMRI Strategic Master plan and the Vision 2030.

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The 4th Annual PAMCA Conference, scheduled for October 16th-18th, 2017, Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.

World Hepatitis Day



Dr. Julius Tuei, Head of Hepatitis Lab, KEMRI discussing Hepatitis ahead of World Hepatitis Day observed every July 28th.

Cholera

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Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in faecally contaminated water or food. WHO