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Our Vision To be a leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality and safe use of traditional medicines and drugs for quality health.

Our Mission To improve on the quality of health and human life by providing scientific evidence based information on traditional medicines and drugs.


KEMRI is dedicated to carrying out research to improve on quality of health and human life and is committed to provide quality service to all our clients with dignity and in a professional manner taking the shortest time possible.

Our Core Values

  • Sanctity of life: We value life and endeavor to preserve and improve it.
  • Creativity and innovation: We are committed to promoting and supporting creativity and innovation through research.
  • Equity and quality: We employ the highest professional conduct possible to achieve high standards of service delivery.
  • Acceptable corporate Governance: We employ the best practices and principles of good governance.
  • Team work: At CTMDR we are a team and we operate as such.

About the Centre

CTMDR is a centre within Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) mandated to carry out research to rationalize traditional medicine in Kenya and, to carry out quality assurance of conventional medicine.

Organization and Management

The centre is headed by a Director, who oversees five units.

The units include:

  1. Chemical sciences
  2. Biological sciences
  3. Pharmaceutical sciences
  4. Botanical sciences
  5. Administration

The units are headed by unit heads who report to the Center director.


    (a) Traditional Medicine
  • Rationalization of traditional medicines in collaboration with traditional healers; evaluation of plant drugs using medicinal Phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology and, formulation of herbal remedies.
  • Studies on agents for the control and management of Infectious, Parasitic and Non-Communicable Diseases in addition, Socio-cultural and anthropological aspects of traditional medicine.
    (b) Drugs
  • Quality assurance through; Surveillance, experimental pharmacology and toxicology; biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; clinical trials.
    (c) To collaborate with other KEMRI centers, local, regional and international institutes and organizations to be able to carry out all the above mandates.

Major projects being undertaken at the Center

  • The Pyrethrum Project (SSC No. 2969) - There are 11 nested proposals under the Pyrethrum project with full approval from SERU.
  • The Miraa Project (SSC No. 2949)

Our Clients/Collaborators

The Center serves and collaborates locally, regionally and internationally with many clients that include research scientists, students, and patients among others. The clients or collaborators, interested in training, advice and research on medicinal plants, development of drugs or quality evaluation of drugs, include:

  • Educational institutes such as Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Maseno University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Saalam, Muhimbili University, and University of Ibadan, Cameroon University, University of Cape Town, USIU-Africa, Karatina University, Egerton University, MKU.
  • Research institutes and organizations such as International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute (KIRDI), National Museums of Kenya, Institute of Primate Research (IPR), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Health Organization (WHO), Wellcome Trust Laboratories.
  • Ministries of Health (Medical Services and Public Health and Sanitation).
  • Ministry of Culture and Social Services (Department of Culture).
  • Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs).
  • Students and Researchers from all corners of the world.


Traditional Medicine and Drug Development Programme,

Kenya Medical Research Institute,

P.O Box, 54840-00200, Nairobi, KENYA

Office Tel: (254) (020) 2722541, Ext. 3324

Fax: (254) (020) 2720030

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