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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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Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Health visits KEMRI

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KEMRI’s Production Manager, Dr. James Kimotho explains a point to Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Health, Mr. Julius Korir (second left) and the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Jackson Kioko (left) when the two visited KEMRI on Wednesday, 16th, August 2017.

Looking on is Dr. Yeri Kombe, the Acting Director, KEMRI, his deputies, Mr. Kamau Mugenda and Dr. Evans Amukoye.




 

KEMRI’s Coastal Research Capacity to expand

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Governor, Kwale County Salim Mvurya, tries to fit a lab coat presented to him by the Acting Director, KEMRI, Dr. Yeri Kombe, shortly after the unveiling of 100 acre piece of land donated to KEMRI by the County government to construct a research complex worth Kes. 15 Billion on Tuesday, 1st August 2017.

The complex will have among other facilities, research laboratory, Referral and Teaching Level five Hospital, manufacturing plant, Graduate School and conference halls.




 

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

Upcoming Events

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The 8th KASH Conference, scheduled for Februray14th-16th, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya.

World Hepatitis Day



Dr. Julius Tuwei, 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