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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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KEMRI Human DNA Identification Laboratory

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KEMRI is a government owned parastatal with a wide range of specialized laboratories offering diagnostic tests.Among these is the Human DNA identification laboratory that offers state of the art DNA testing services.

The Human DNA Identification Laboratory offers DNA testing services in the area of family relationship testing and Forensic DNA Testing. Our facility meets international standards hence ensuring quality service. The unit serves private clients as well as those referred from courts. The ultimate goal of the laboratory is to increase DNA testing capacity in Kenya.

The laboratory is keen at maintaining institutional mandate and is focused on initiating research programs in the area of forensics



 

Mandera Senator and Mwea MP's Visits to KEMRI

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Mandera Senator Hon. Mohammed Maalim Mahammed (third from left), poses for a group photograph with Deputy Director (R&D), Dr. Evans Amukoye (third from right), Assistant Director (SPPC) Dr. Kizito Lubano (second from left), when the Senator paid a courtesy call on Director , KEMRI on 18th October, 2017. )

The Hon. Senator was accompanied by Banisa MP, Hon. Kulow Maalim Hassan (first from left), MP Mandera West, Hon. Adan Haji Yussuf, (first from right), Lafey MP, Hon. Abdi Mude (second from right) Also present is Assistant Director Administration, Mr. John Musau (standing right) and Wajir Cluster County Coordinator, Mr Adaw Surow(standing left).


 

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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 8th KASH Conference, scheduled for February 14th-16th, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Prof. Matilu Mwau, Director CIPDCR KEMRI discussing on the fight against HIV on KTN.

DNA Testing Lab

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KEMRI Human DNA Identification Laboratory offers DNA testing services in the area of family relationship testing and Forensic DNA Testing. Read More