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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 Renews MOU with Oita University

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Director KEMRI Dr. Yeri Kombe, and President of Oita University Prof. Segio Kitano, signs Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

In the agreement KEMRI & Oita staff and students will work together on research in Cancer starting with Stomach Cancer in Kenya.

 

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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 7th East African Scientific & Health Conference, scheduled for March 27th-29th,2019 Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania.

KASH Conference 2019



Prof. Sam Kariuki talking about KEMRI Annual Scientific & Health Conference 2019.

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