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The Corporate Affairs Department, together with the KEMRI Aids Control Unit (KACU), commemorated the World AIDS Day 2016 celebrations by having a sensitization exercise for staff, family members and the general community at the KEMRI’s, Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) KNH grounds, on Thursday 1st December 2016.

The purpose of the sensitization exercise was to enhance total health and HIV/Aids Awareness promotions as well as achieve ultimate work place all round health promotion through giving health talks on the following issues:- HIV/AIDS awareness prevention; alcohol and drug abuse; voluntary counselling and testing;

The Kenya Medical Research Institute has been voted the best overall state corporation among all parastatals within the Ministry of Health in the 2013 - 2014 Performance Contract.

The Institute attained an overall score of 2.7943 with a rating of “very good” registering an impressive performance a head of other prominent state corporations within the Health Ministry.

Outstanding achievements during the period include;

  • KEMRI’s ability to attract external research grants amounting to over Kshs 6 billion that enabled the Institute to carry out priority health research aimed at reducing the burden of disease in the Kenya
  • Specialized Laboratory Services offered to external clients
  • The Institute through its research activities realized 333 publications in peer-reviewed journals including abstracts presented in international scientific meetings and conferences. The publications and abstracts cumulatively increase the scientific knowledge base and serve as key reference materials for formulating evidence-based policies
  • In order to increase public awareness on health promotion, the Institute organized six open days in Nairobi, Kisumu, Busia and Kilifi. During the open days IEC materials with specific health promotion messages were distributed
  • KEMRI became ISO 9001:2008 Certified effectively improving service delivery. ISO 17043:2010 and ISO 13485:2003 for production unit were initiated during the period
  • As part of the implementation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, KEMRI developed a framework that aims to serve the 47 counties through 7 clusters. For effectiveness in management of the clusters KEMRI appointed coordinators for the seven clusters.
  • Capacity Building through KEMRI University where 129 students were registered for Masters and PhD programmes in various disciplines
  • Compliance with 30% requirement in award of tenders to youth, women and persons with disabilities. During the period tenders worth Kshs 71M was awarded to the category.