kemri bulletin issue 4

In Search Of Better Health
Issue 4 - Jan -Feb 2015
Ebola Vaccine
Safety results will be known in April
• Chair’s Vision for KEMRI
• 5th KASH Conference
• DNA facilities & Culture Media
• KEMRI receives new vehicles
• Staff gets jabs against
Hepatitis B & Yellow fever
• CIDOs of the Month
Kirinyaga County Donates
100 acres to KEMRI
Her Excellency the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is briefed by
Dr. Melisa Kapulu when she visited the Centre for Geographic
Medicine Research- Coast (GGMR-C) recently. Ebola vaccine is
being conducted at this centre.
Researchers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research
Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, have completed the
enrollment in a trial of a vaccine designed to protect
against Ebola.
The dose of the VSV-Ebola vaccine was successfully
administered to a cohort of 40 health workers at the
Kilifi County Hospital since mid December 2014. The
volunteers are currently being monitored for safety.
According to Dr. Patricia Njuguna, one of the three
Principal Investigators (PI) of the study, safety results
are expected by the end of this April.
The Kenya Medical Research Institute has been
awarded a 100 acres piece of land by Kirinyaga
County Government for the construction of an ultramodern teaching, research and referral hospital.
The communication awarding KEMRI the land was
done/made through a letter dated 12th, February,
2015 to Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke
from the Kirinyaga County Governor, Hon. Joseph
Acknowledging the donation, an impressed Director
KEMRI thanked the people of Kirinyaga County
and its leadership for the foresight in choosing to
work with the Institute towards solving their medical
health needs.
He said that the Institute has ambitious plans for
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Editorial Advisors:
Editor in Chief:
Editorial Assistants:
Prof. Solomon Mpoke
Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi
Ms. Linah Boit
Mr. Davis Mkoji
Wodera James
Beatrice Sitonik
Eric Omwoyo
Brendah Jebittok
Winifred Wangui
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Ebola Vaccine
“I am happy with the progress we have made, the first
cohort of 20 volunteers received the jab in January
and the second group was done by end of February”,
she informed.
Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke said on the
progress: “This is a great research milestone towards
attainment of Ebola vaccine for the world. I wish
the team all the best in the remaining phase of the
The single dose vaccine was part of the Phase
one trials of a wider World Health Organization
(WHO) led consortium (VEBCON) and is funded
by the Wellcome Trust. Other than the Kilifi trials,
similar trials are taking place in the USA, Germany,
Switzerland and Gabon and all test the vaccine’s
safety and its ability to generate an immune system
response in healthy adults.
The VSV- Ebola vaccine was made by combining
the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) with a portion
of a single protein covering the Ebola virus. The
researchers hope that the vaccine can therefore
generate an immune response to Ebola.
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Other than Dr. Njuguna, the other PIs include Dr
Benjamin Tsofa and Prof. Phillip Bejon. The trials
have met all the ethical approvals required by the
relevant international and Kenyan bodies. These
consents were fast-tracked by KEMRI and the
Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya so that a sixseven months approval process was conducted in
only six weeks.
The trials target health workers due to their first
line contact with Ebola patients. Health workers are
easier to sensitize due to their knowledge of how
vaccines work, however further sensitization by
the trial investigators has been carried out for the
participants to educate them on any potential risks.
Although there are no cases of Ebola reported in
Kenya, demonstrating safety and immune responses
by the vaccine in the Kenyan population will facilitate
use of the vaccine if necessary. After these Phase 1
trials, the next step will be to test the vaccine further
in the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
Kirinyaga County Donates 100 acres to KEMRI
Part of the proposed
Research , Biotechnology
and Manufacturing Park
to be established at the land
donated to KEMRI by the
Kirinyaga County.
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the land that would eventually transform the lives
of the people of Kirinyaga County. KEMRI, he said,
would work with her collaborators to quickly begin
realizing some of these ambitious plans.
“On behalf of the Chairman of Board of Management
and staff of KEMRI, I wish to most sincerely thank the
people and leadership of Kirinyaga County for the
bold action to donate the land and your willingness
and leadership,” Prof. Mpoke said.
Among the plans on the cards is the construction
of what would be Kenya’s first University purely
dedicated to Health Research, a research, teaching
and referral level 6 hospital, a manufacturing plant
and specialized laboratories.
It is instructive to note that if and when fully
developed, the Kirinyaga County infrastructure will
likely become the Institute’s 13th, Research Centre.
Even though, KEMRI has a presence in Kirinyaga
County through work done by Eastern & Southern
Africa Centre for International Parasite Control
(ESACIPAC) in Mwea area, the development of the
proposed new infrastructure will expand the existing
research activities and would be music to the ears of
regional residents who are delirious to improve the
declining health standards.
The county government and the Institute are currently
working on a Memorandum of Understanding that
captures the aspirations of both parties.
Director KEMRI Prof. Solomon
Mpoke receives a Memorandum from
Kirinyaga County Assembly member,
Mr. Jinaro Njamumo and Muthithi
Community Coordinator Mr. Sammy
Njenga. This was after Community
leaders from Muthithi paid a courtesy
call at his office on Friday, 6th, March
2015 to pledge their support for
KEMRI’s new ventures in Kirinyaga
County. Ms. Linah Boit, the Deputy
Director, Finance and Administration
and Mr. Davis Mkoji Head of
Corporate Affairs are also in the
Increased funding for research
In addition to the earlier commitment of two
(2) percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) towards research, the President expressed
commitment to increase this allocation over the
next few years. As the board, we have explored
this prospect further with the Ministry of Health
to ensure that the scientific community at KEMRI
benefit from the opportunity.
Dr. Lillian Apadet
Chair Board of Management KEMRI
As we come to the end of 2014, we remain blessed
to be in KEMRI, an organization that continues
to prosper. Each year brings its own successes and
challenges, but our direction at KEMRI is clear. We
know what we must do “in search of better health”
for this nation.
I would like to highlight a few of KEMRI successes
OF 2014:
For the first time in KEMRI’s history we were
honoured to host His Excellency President
Uhuru Kenyatta on the 24th October 2014. This
visit provided the Institute with an outstanding
opportunity to showcase our world-class facilities
and scientific advancements. We were extremely
pleased to have President Uhuru Kenyatta affirm the
Degree-awarding status for KEMRI
This will give the institute the autonomy to register,
train and graduate post graduate students in
biomedical, social and behavioral sciences. His
Excellency said, and I quote, “You train them you
should graduate them” in reference to the early career
scientists at the Institute. The board, management
team and KEMRI Graduate School are steadfastly
working on the application. What does this mean for
the Institute?...... increased opportunities for further
and advanced learning, teaching and administrative
positions for staff, supplementary income and
revenue generation.
Increased funding for New Study Areas in
Miraa and Pyrethrum
Another notable achievement for the Institute has
been the allocation of Ksh 224 million in the current
financial year to support and advance miraa and
pyrethrum research and for the construction of the
proposed Research Training Centre to be located in
Kirinyaga County.
Re-categorization of KEMRI
The other accomplishment is the re-categorization of
KEMRI from 4B to 4A and successful implementation
in August with prospects for more funding in the
For the Board, 2015 should achive the following
plans in the pipeline:
Expand the Institute’s research portfolio and services
For example, strengthen health information systems
like the Cancer Registry, expand School Health
program among others.
Pension scheme
We have faced some challenges with the defined
benefits scheme. I am aware of (about 15) members
of staff who have retired or resigned in the year 2014
and expect a further 10 to retire by end of June 2015.
In preparation for their retirement, we have set aside
KES.37million to ensure smooth transition. I would
also like to bid farewell to members who are retiring.
I thank you for being part of KEMRI over the years
and all the best in your future endeavours.
New Policies
As a board, we have reviewed upcoming policies
like revenue generation and fund raising and
management of intellectual property and strategic
plans. We will review the organizational structure
and implement the necessary changes to deliver on
the Institute’s vision.
Graduate School for Health Sciences
For the last decade, the Graduate School has been
run jointly with the Jomo Kenyatta University of
Science and Technology (JKUST). During this
period, a significant number of KEMRI staff have
been trained and mentored thereby increasing the
talent pool. Discussions are currently underway with
the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and
the Commission for University Education to make
the degree-awarding status a reality.
In terms of staff affairs:
On 18th June 2014, the Industrial Court, in
its judgment, Cause No. 448 of 2010 Union of Kenya
National Research and Allied Institutes Staff of Kenya
versus Kenya Medical Research Institute, awarded
a salary increase of 17 percent to all unionisable
employees of the institute with effect from July
2013. This culminated in the signing of a Collective
Bargaining Agreement on August 25, 2014. We are
following up on a further KES.126 million to settle
any arrears and have factored this provision in the
supplementary budget.
Staff allowances: We have factored the
pending allowances for medical personnel in the
supplementary budget and also in the budget
2015-2016. We are actively lobbying for this
funding. However a challenge to note is the recent
announcement by SRC on the provisions for the
allowances to public servants. Nevertheless, an
application seeking approval for this payment was
made to SRC and we hope for a positive response.
Staff Promotions: the annual appraisal have
been done and will be a continuous activity. From
the review, annual promotion and rewards of staff
will be implemented and all cases of job group
stagnation addressed. We seek to continuously
develop a talented and motivated workforce at the
Staff Clinic: Plans are underway to improve
the health services for staff members through
acquisition of essential equipment and services
like the dental unit, diagnostic services and other
outpatient services. We also plan to stock the
pharmacy section to its optimal capacity. A wellness
clinic is equally important to ensure where staffs
get regular health checks such as blood sugars,
blood pressure, pap smears, breast examination etc.
The aim of enhancing the staff clinic services is to
ensure staff and their dependents get quality and
timely outpatient services and early management of
a disease.
Further Re-Classification of KEMRI: We are
working towards further re-categorization from the
current PC 4A to PC 6B which is the current category
for research institutions. With this, we would be able
to further enhance our payment scheme.
“As I reflected on what KEMRI would be in 2017, at
the end of the current Strategic Plan, I developed a
“Wall of Greatness” where 35 years of the Institute
has inspired what we wish for in the future. I invite
you to take a look at KEMRI’s wall and add your
inspirations and we will work towards achieving
them”. It is because of you, and because we know
we can do so much more for this great nation, that I
have such great confidence in the future of KEMRI.
I encourage you to continue to focus intently on the
mission of the Institute.
Curtains fall on 5th
KEMRI Annual Scientific & Health Conference.
Kenya’s scientific minds gathered at the country’s
premier health research Institution, KEMRI for a
four-day annual scientific conference.
And after the four days, deliberations, 5th KASH
Conference as the meeting was christened did not
By the evening of Friday, 6th February when the
curtains finally came down, a total of 1,020 local
and international researchers, policy makers and
key stakeholders had at one point or another been
at one of the three venues situated at the Central
Laboratories at KEMRI Headquarters.
Dr. Mwinzi explained later, “I was pleased
with a rich scientific program in the 5th KASH
Conference. KASH attracted over 120 abstracts
including symposia titles covering current issues
in HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Microbiology, Parasitic
Infections & Entomology, Traditional Medicine &
Drug Development, maternal and Child health,
Non Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical
Diseases, Public Health & Health Systems, and
representing over 400 authors”.
The theme of 5th KASH Conference was ‘Taking
Health Research to the Counties,” which had been
chosen to reflect KEMRI’s role in the continued
implementation of the Kenya Constitution 2010.
Ms. Lydia Njaramba from
Nyeri County Health Office,
receives a merit certificate
from KEMRI Board of
Management chairperson,
Dr. Lillian Apadet for her
Second best abstract paper
entitled: Assessment of
Uptake of Measles Vaccines
1&2 in Nyeri Town Health
Center, Nyeri County (July
2013-September 2014).
Prof. Mpoke’s views were validated by status reports
received from at least 25 Counties out of the 47
where the Institute had been actively engaged in and
which were presented during a special session on
The reports evaluated the existing health
opportunities and challenges within the devolved
Other than capacity building for research for health
in a devolved structure, other topics will cover subthemes on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Microbiology,
Parasitic Infections & Entomology, Traditional
Medicine & Drug Development, maternal and Child
health, Non Communicable Diseases, Neglected
Tropical Diseases, Public Health & Health Systems.
As is the tradition, the conference climaxed with
the presentation of merit awards presided over by
Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi, Deputy Director in charge of
Research and Training. However, this was before
Dr. Simon Langat from the National Commission
of Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)
had given a very informative presentation on the
Present and Future of Medical Research in Kenya.
The remarkable difference of 5th KASH conference
is that both the opening and closing ceremonies were
conducted by the chairperson of the KEMRI Board
of Management, Dr. Lillian Apadet.
Those awarded included:
1. Best poster - Abstract No. 067 - P.N. Nabende
2. Runners Up - Abstract No. 062 - Samuel M. Njoroge
3. Session 2 TB: Overall winner - Abstract No. 009
- A Okumu
4. Session 2 TB: Second runners up - Abstract No. 010 - J. Bonyo
5. Session 3 HIV: Overall winner - Abstract No. 012 - G. Kirigi
6. Session 3 HIV: Second runners up - Abstract No. 014 - Z. Gura
7. Session 4 NCD: Overall winner - Abstract No. 017 - A Korir
8. Session 4 NCD: Second runners up - Abstract No. 016 - V.W. Wanjihia
9. Session 5 Social science: Overall winner - Abstract No. 026 - G. Omwalo
10. Session 5 Social science: Second runners up - Abstract No. 028 - L. Njaramba
11. Session 1 Biotechnology: Overall winner - Abstract No. 005 - Ope M
12. Session 1 Biotechnology: Second runners up - Abstract No. 004 - C.O. Wasonga
Ms. Elizabeth Ochola presents the Conference Report
The afternoon of Tuesday, 3rd, February was oneday of the Conference which saw a symposium
on Multipurpose Prevention Technology (MPT)
attracting a sizable enthusiastic participants
including battery of local and foreign press.
The MPT symposium mainly focused on “New
HIV Prevention tools for Women”. Days two, three
and four was awash with what was described by
Dr. Pauline Mwinzi, the chairperson of the local
organizing committee, as “exciting and invigorating
“One of the key focus during this conference was
KEMRI’s role in the County Governments, we
are very happy that several collaborators from the
County Ministries of Health attended the conference”,
informed Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke
and added, “as an Institute we devote ourselves to
continued improvement of health and quality of life
through innovative health research, and to support
Counties in identifying and implementing research
on their priority health problems.”
A member asks a question during the conference
DNA Facilities open for Public Use
First Culture Media Delivered in Tanzania
The Human Identification DNA laboratory,
popularly known as DNA, is a service that comes
at the right time to strengthen the existing national
capacity to conduct the Human DNA Identification
tests that are normally necessary in forensic analysis
and paternity/ maternity testing.
The Institute’s Ready-to-Use Culture Media products
include a wide range of both plated and tubed media
for bacterial isolation and identification. They
include: Chocolate Blood Agar, blood agar, Mac
Conkey Agar, Sabaround Dextrose Agar among
Nationally, this is very important as the country has
in the recent past been forced to send such DNA
samples to foreign country laboratories, especially
during major disasters. Which has not only been
expensive, but also, time consuming and affecting
the country’s reputation as a hub in the development
of Science and Technology.
Experts in KEMRI outline the advantages of using
KEMRI’s Ready-to-Use culture media laboratory
for Kenya and the region to be:
• Assurance of Internationally accepted Quality
• Reduction of wastage of prepared media
• Saving on costs of running laboratory, equipment
calibration and maintenance, procurement of raw
materials, space, Quality Control and Human
• Guarantee ready supply of a wide variety of
Ready-to-Use Culture media, thus enhancing
Good Laboratory Practices.
• Reduced turn-around time for getting the results
and improving service delivery.
According to Ms. Eva Aluvala, the Head of the DNA
laboratory, the facility is also expected to collaborate
with other existing facilities in enhancing quality
control of these services in the country and the
region as well as serving for confirmation of tests
that are carried out in other laboratories.
Samples of the culture
media that was launched
Her view is shared by Dr. Kimani Gachui, the Centre
for Biotechnology Research and Development
(CBRD) who informed that the facility is also
expected to provide researchers in KEMRI and other
parts of the country with a platform to carry out
research in Human DNA Identification and related
KEMRI Production Department (KPD) will this
month dispatch the first batch of over 1000 assorted
pieces of the the newly launched Culture Media
destined for Kilombero Hospital in Tanzania.
According to Dr. James Kimotho, the Production
Manager, the median package of assorted Culture
Media diagnostic kits will be shipped this week,
barely less than a fortnight after the products were
launched in a colour ceremony held at KEMRI
Also launched alongside the Culture Media were
a Human Identification DNA laboratory and the
attainment of a double Quality Management
Systems: ISO 13485:2003 certification and ISO
17043:1010 Accreditation. These ISOs now allows
KPD to offer world class service and products
globally including supplying to the World Health
Organizations (WHO) upon prequalification.
The historic event was officiated by Mr. Francis
Musyimi the Secretary of Administration at the
Ministry of Health on behalf of Health Cabinet
Secretary Hon. James Macharia. The Deputy Chief
of Mission at US Embassy in Kenya, H.E. Isaiah
Parnell, represented US Ambassador to Kenya, H.E.
Robert Godec during the occasion.
According to the two scientists, typically the results
of a paternity test will be available within 5-10
working days and will be offered at a competitive
Other key guests who joined Director KEMRI,
Prof. Solomon Mpoke in celebrating this important
milestone for the Institute, include, Kenya’s CID
Director, Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro, Chairperson of the
KEMRI Board of Management, Dr. Lillian Apadet,
and Board Members, Dr. Peter Omboga, Ms. Joan
Riitho and Mr. James Gatere.
On its part, the establishment of the culture media
manufacturing facility at KEMRI is driven by the
fact that a number of medical laboratories in Kenya
and the entire region lack adequate equipment and
quality systems to prepare the much needed Readyto-use culture media for diagnosis of infectious
diseases and as well as testing for microbial drug
Several key collaborators and partners among them
the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency
(DTRA) from the US and representatives from the
Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA)
were among the over 200 guests including those
from academia and the research field that graced the
see pics on page 13 & 14
The need for manufacturing these media is further
enhanced by the short shelf-lives nature of the Readyto-Use culture media that are usually important from
developed countries as they often tends to expire
shortly after being received by laboratories. This
among other factors makes them very expensive and
inaccessible to most laboratories, leading to underdiagnosis/ mis-diagnosis of infectious diseases that
could result in loss of lives or poor health.
KEMRI is top performer
among all Kenya’s Ministry of Health
State Corporations
I am impressed with regularity & quality
Coverage and Comprehensiveness is evident, Keep it up
Dear Editor,
Congratulations for the excellent issue of KEMRI Bulletin.
The coverage and comprehensiveness is evident. Can
we arrange for the printing of a few hard copies for
circulation to board members and Institute visitors as
and when we receive them?
Prof. Solomon Mpoke
Director KEMRI
Dear team,
One’s again, you have outdone yourselves.
Thank you for the tireless effort for this
informative, educative and entertainment
Dear Team,
Congratulations on this issue. I am particularly
pleased with the regularity of this publication
and the quality of the information. Well done.
Please keep up the good work.
Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi
Getting funding is like milking an Elephant
I read with interest the article, “Look within for
prospective research funding” as a budding
researcher in the Institute, this is not easy.
While it is challenging securing foreign research
grants, getting local funding in a society that
does not appreciate research work is like
attempting to milk an elephant!
Young Scientist
The Institute was voted the best overall state
corporation among all parastatals within the
Ministry of Health in the 2013 - 2014 Performance
Contract after it attained an overall score of 2.7943
with a rating of “very good” to register an impressive
performance a head of other prominent state
corporations under the Ministry of Health.
Outstanding achievements during the period
• 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
Cynthia Waithera
• 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.
Director of Medical Services, Dr. Nicolas Muraguri
presents a merit trophy to Mr. Edwin Bett, the
Head of M&E after KEMRI emerged the best
overall state corporation in the Ministry of Health
in the 2013/14 PC.
Cover Centers More
I write to request you to add more space and
cover news and information from centers and
department. Increasingly, the Bulletin will have
become a mouth piece of our stations,
Charles Maina
Cabinet Secretary of Health Hon. James Macharia
presents a merit certificate to Mr. Edwin Bett, the Head of
Monitoring & Evaluation
1. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta examines a sample through the microscope guided by
a KEMRI Scientist
2. The Secretary of Administration, Ministry of Health, Mr. Francis Musyimi officially
unveils the plaque to officially commissioned the Media Production Facility and the
Human DNA Identification Laboratory on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary of Health
Hon. James Macharia. The Chairperson of KEMRI Board of Management, Dr.
Lillian Apadet and Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke looks on.
3. The newly acquired bus intended to ease transport problems for the staff.
4. A section of members of staff who participated in the second edition of the First
Lady’s Beyond Zero Marathon
5. The Secretary of Administration, Ministry of Health, Mr. Francis Musyimi listens
attentively to an explanation by DNA expert, Ms. Eva Aluvala at the Human DNA
Identification Laboratory before he officially commissioned the facility recently on
behalf of the Cabinet Secretary of Health Hon. James Macharia. Director KEMRI,
Prof. Solomon Mpoke and Chairperson of KEMRI Board of Management, Dr.
Lillian Apadet are also present
6. KEMRI’s Deputy Director in charge of Administration and Finance Ms. Linah
Boit shares a Christmas cake with one of the Cottolengo Children in Karen, when
KEMRI Staff visited the home today. Also present is the Home Co-ordinator, Sister
Anna,(left) who received assorted foods, blankets and other items from KEMRI
management and staff. Cottolengo is a home for orphans and abandoned children.
7. Some of the KEMRI Staff pose for a photograph together with the Cottolengo
Children and staff when they visited the home to share some Christmas gifts on
behalf of the KEMRI fraternity.
8. A section of members of staff who participated in the second edition of the First
Lady’s Beyond Zero Marathon
The KEMRI Board of Management has approved a
purchase of a new fleet of vehicles in a bid to bolster
research work through easy movement of personnel
and equipment.
Over 50 researchers and stakeholders participated
in this years 1st Sexual, Reproductive, Adolescent and
Child Health (SRACH) Research Programme workshop
held last year at the KEMRI Headquarters .
However, Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke
said the exercise will be gradual and will take place
within a five year period.
Themed “Fostering Partnerships, Collaborations and
Networks among SRACH Researchers”, the forum held
on Thursday, 13th November 2014 was aimed at bringing
together researchers in the SRACH related fields for the
greater good of improving and refining research in the
same areas.
He informed that although several cars have
been purchased by projects and programme, the
administrative arm of the Institute last purchased a
new car almost 10 years ago.
“We will therefore seek to replace the now old and
almost dilapidated vehicles with new ones for all our
stations”, said Prof. Mpoke shortly before receiving
and commissioning for use, three vehicles.
The new vehicles include two Toyota Corolla ZRE
182R and a Mitsubishi Pajero VA6.
“Fostering, Partnerships, Collaborations and
Networks among SRACH Researchers”
1. A member of staff admires the new fleet of cars shortly
after arriving from the showroom.
2. Director KEMRI Prof. Solomon Mpoke presents keys of
a new Toyota Corolla ZRE 182R vehicle to Ms. Linah
Boit, the Deputy Director in charge of Administration and
Finance. The vehicle (in the background) is part of a new
fleet of three purchased to bolster research administration
3. Assistant Director in charge of Finance, Antony Wachira
received keys from Director KEMRI Prof. Solomon
Mpoke. The vehicle (in the background) is part of a new
fleet of three purchased to bolster research administration
4. Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke poses next to a
brand new Mitsubishi Pajero VA6 purchased for his office
as part of the Institute fleet upgrading exercise being
implemented by the Institute.
The team of researchers that was led by Dr. Nelly Mugo
and Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi, both who concurred that the
first step towards realizing better results in the SRACH
research programme is to ensure proper data that can
be used as a reference point in future is well recorded
in every hospital and health center. The data would be
instrumental in accurately guiding and informing future
research programs
Those who made presentations during the one-day
forum all echoed the need to strengthen collaborations
in the focal areas of reproductive, adolescent and child
health. “We can see that other groups have done so
much in this area” she said while addressing a group
of researchers working with KEMRI, and further went
on to state that “this is a complex process and there is
a great need for partnerships and collaborations”, said
Dr. Mugo, noting that researchers and family health
stakeholders were doing a commendable job in the
SRACH areas of research. Other participants were
drawn from the Population Council, Africa Population
and Health Research Centre, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust
Research Programme, University of Nairobi, Ministry
of Health and Centre for Disease Control.
SRACH which sponsored the forum, is one of the six
programmes of the Institute. According to Dr. Mugo,
its coordinator, the forum will work with other partners,
other institutes and organizations in realizing its
mandates. It was agreed that similar forums be held at
least twice annually.
Songs, pomp and colour mark the
20th RCTP Anniversary celebrations
Lillian Apadet, the two key speakers – Prof. King
K. Holmes from University of Washington, US and
Prof. Dorothy Ngacha from the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Paul Volberding
from UCSF and Director of Centers for Disease
Control & Prevention’s (CDC) country mission in
Kenya, Dr. Kevin DeCock who also represented the
US Ambassador Robert F. Godec, and KEMRI Board
of Management Member and chair of the audit
committee Ms Joan Riitho.
The Chairperson of the KEMRI Board of Management, Dr.
Lillian Apadet, cuts a cake assisted by Prof. Dorothy Ngacha
of UNICEF (right), and the two Co-Founders of the Research
Care & Training Programme (RCTP) Dr. Cohen and Prof.
Bukusi who is also the Deputy Director in charge of Research
and Training.
Other speakers included: the two RCTP Co-founders
and a host of members of staff among them; RCTP
Programme Director, Dr. Patrick Oyaro, Dr. Thomas
Odeny, Dr. Maricianah Onono, Dr. Zachary Kwena,
Dr. Carol Camlin, Dr. Lisa Abuogi, Dr. Susan Meffert,
Dr. Maurice Aluda and Dr. Stellah Njuguna.
Songs, dance and pomp were the hallmarks of the
20th Research Care & Training Programme (RCTP)
Anniversary celebrations held at the Kiboko Bay
Resort at the Kenya’s Lakeside City of Kisumu on
23rd, January 2015.
Captivating experiences on care were also shared
by Linda Adhiambo and Eliud Akama, before Anna
Joy Rogers and Chinwe Onu took to the podium for
another exciting research tales that also celebrated
the mentorship aspects of the programme.
The day long celebrations which were simultaneously
marked all the RCTP research clinics and field stations
in Nairobi, Kisumu, Suba, and Migori in Kenya, were
attended by distinguished local and international
guests including internationally renown researchers,
medical health practitioners and academicians.
While the trio of Dr. Betty Njoroge, Dr. Julie Kadima
and Josphine Odoyo prepared to cut the two cakes
branded and draped in RCTP, UCSF and KEMRI
corporate colours, the RCTP Music Group lead by
their Director, Dr. Patrick Oyaro and the melodious
St. Mulumba Choir sang their hearts out with one
tune after the other.
RCPT Programme is a global collaboration between
the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and
the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF),
though initially a collaboration between KEMRI and
the university of Washington, the collaboration now
includes many other universities like UC Davis. Yale
,University of Colorado, and University of Alabama
Burlingame and Cornell University and was cofounded by Deputy Director in charge of Research
and Training at KEMRI, Prof. Elizabeth Bukusi and
Dr. Craig Cohen from UCSF.
Among the dignitaries gracing the celebrations were:
the KEMRI Board of Management chairperson, Dr.
Savouring every moment with the other guests were
a team from KEMRI Headquarters that included
Assistant Director in charge of Finance, Mr. Anthony
Wachira, Head of Human Resource, Ms. Ann
Wangombe, Acting Head of Human Resource, Mr.
Ben Ochieng’, Director, Center for Biotechnology
Research and Development (CBRD) Dr. Kimani
Gichuhi, Director, Centre for Virus Research, Dr
George Nakitare, Anne Muthoni Acting Chief
Finance Officer in charge of Exchequer, the Acting
Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Davis Mkoji and
Wodera James from Corporate Affairs among others.
RCTP is a program within the Centre for
Microbiology Research (CMR) at the Kenya Medical
Research Institute (KEMRI). Since its establishment,
its goal has been conducting research, providing
care and creating and supporting treatment with
an emphasis on infectious diseases and with a bias
towards sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
RCTP has been responsible for the conduct of
a number of Research Trials, Capacity building
by training for research and care, and for the
implementation of an HIV care program- the Family
AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES).
Prof. Mbori Ngacha, of UNICEF shares a cake to mark 20
years of KEMRI and University of California, San Francisco
(UCSF) collaborative programme, known as Research Care
& Training Programme (RCTP) with founders (from left)
Dr. Cohen and Prof. Bukusi. Enjoying the cake is also the
Chairperson of the KEMRI Board of Management, Dr. Lillian
Apadet at a colorful celebration.
Justus To seek Medical Treatment in India
Justus Namale, an Institute staff based at the Finance
and Accounts Department is scheduled to under-go
a kidney transplant in India next month.
The soft-spoken officer who has suffered ill health
following kidney complications for a long time, now
has a donor whom together will fly out of the country
for the much needed medical procedure.
His family, friends and colleagues have been
meeting for the purpose of supporting Justus and
have organized a ‘goat-eating’ exercise scheduled for
March 28th 2015 at the KEMRI Headquarters Upper
Canteen in aid of the travel and medical bill.
Other members of staff can be part of this exercise
through both personal participation, financial
support and offering prayers for both Justus and his
An Mpesa pay Pay Bill Number: 317071 has been
established for this exercise, alongside a Cooperative Bank of Kenya, Account Number A / C
NO: 01109165166000 at Kakamega Branch in the
name of Joy Nyakowa Likoko.
We wish Justus all the best in his endeavours.
Justus Namale
Proposal Writing for
Grant Sourcing Training
The Institute in conjunction with the University of
Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Centre for Tropical
Diseases organized a three days in-house training
on “Proposal Writing for Grant Sourcing” from 1st
– 3rd February, 2015 at the KEMRI Training Centre.
The widely attended training which aimed at
enhancing grant sourcing skills amongst scientific
staff was opened by the Institute’s Deputy Director
in charge Research and Training, Prof. Elizabeth
Bukusi who thanked the UTMB Team for sharing
their grant writing skills with KEMRI Scientists.
Prof. Bukusi also encouraged the scientists to
develop a culture of writing which she mentioned
that “though writing is taught from early-school
going years through compositions and assays, it is
not one of our very common habits” hence the need
to enhance our writing skills.
The Chairman of the KEMRI Training Committee
and Director, CPHR, Dr. Charles Mbakaya also
noted that the training was key in filling identified
training gaps for scientific staff which were analyzed
by the Training Committee key among them research
methodology and manuscript writing.
Dr. Evans Amukoye, the Centre Director (CRDR)
and the liaison person between KEMRI and UTMB
noted that the training was a success especially
going by the huge turnout of the participants more
so the senior scientists who attended the training
irrespective of the training that commenced on a
Sunday afternoon. He also applauded the UTMB
Faculty for their effort, contribution and exceptional
mode of delivery which made the training a success.
The Training Committee, Secretary, Mrs. Ruth Mkoji
stressed that this is one of the In-House Trainings
being organized by the KEMRI Training Committee
to enhance current-job performance and ensure
employees at all levels in the Institute have basic
general skills in their areas of operation.
The organizers of the Training hope that participants
will transfer the skills learnt from that BIG IDEA
into a Grand-Grant-Winning Proposal.
Get jabs against
Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever
Double immunization for combined protection
The institute’s Office of Health, Safety and
Environment (OHSE) is conducting what is so far
a successful vaccination on its staff members and
those from collaborating programs, projects and units
against Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever.
As is the case with infectious diseases, Hepatitis is a
highly infectious ailment whose mode of transmission
is very similar to that of HIV/Aids. Like HIV, one
can easily get Hepatitis through unintended exchange
of bodily fluids with an infected patient, unprotected
sexual intercourse and from sharing of stained sharp
The exercise which is scheduled to be done in two objects among others. The most efficient way to
phases covers all members of staff, but particularly contract the disease however, is through receiving
those working in health facilities and have not yet blood of an infected person.
received this important jab.
But unlike, HIV, Hepatitis even though has no cure,
The vaccination exercise began at the State Clinic one can be vaccinated, a tool which keeps one safe
based at the Central Laboratories Complex at KEMRI from the disease and controls its the spread.
Headquarters on 17th, February 2015 and is expected
to be concluded more than a month later on 19th
March 2015 with an estimated 1,000 vaccines having
been administered at the respective staff clinics
throughout the country.
Members of the public queue to
receive a free hepatitis vaccine at
Bomb Blast commemoration
park in Nairobi during the
one week campaign for a free
Hepatitis testing and vaccination.
Participants and
facilitators during the
proposal writing and grant
sourcing training at the
training center in KEMRI
Winners of the Inaugural Annual
Excellence/Merit Awards Announced
The eagerly awaited KEMRI Annual Merit
Awards lived-up to its bidding after seven members
of staff among them distinguished scientists and
astute administrators were declared winners of the
inaugural 2014 awards at a colourful ceremony held
last year.
Excited members of staff nodded as Director, KEMRI,
Prof. Solomon Mpoke read out the names of Prof.
Sam Kariuki as the recipient of the Institute’s highest
Merit recognition – the KEMRI Batian/Platinum
Award in “appreciation of Excellence, Commitment
and Selfless dedication to research and service” at the
institute in 2014.
Nelion /Gold Excellence Award) were also excellent
scientists lead by Dr. Festus Tolo and Dr. Philip M
Ngumbi each respectively awarded for remarkable
scientific research that earned the respect of their
peers in the research and academia.
Not to be left behind were the lady scientists
represented by the ever green and jolly, Dr.
Maricianah Onono and twin go-getters- Sophia
Wanja Matu and Ann Rugutt Korir. The three tied
in the KEMRI Lenana /Silver Excellence Award for
outstanding in the respective scientific endeavours
in 2014.
Prof. Kariuki’s award is another feather to his
decorated hat given that he is the 2012 Royal
Society Pfizer Award for his outstanding research
into invasive Non-Typhoidal Salmonella (NTS)
infections in Kenya. He is the current Director for
Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR).
Pleasant surprises also awaited the administrative
arm of the Institute, when Nathan Mauti was
declared the Institute’s Nelion /Gold Award for his
role in helping set up the Nairobi Cancer registry,
while Ms. Pauline Ochami bagged KEMRI Nelion
/Gold for her selfless and dedicated service to the
Institute in 2014 among the administrative staff.
Stranding the podium alongside Prof. Kariuki for
the second highest institutional recognition (KEMRI
Please read respective citations of each of the 2014
KEMRI shinning stars below.
Prof. Samuel Mungai Kariuki
Prof. Kariuki has served as Centre Director for
Centre for Microbiology Research for the last 3 years.
Over the last 15 years, Prof. Kariuki has focused on
characterization of key foodborne enteric pathogens
including Typhoid and Salmonella infections.
Among his main research outputs emanating from
the Wellcome Trust training Fellowship was proof
that non-typhoidal salmonella is invasive and has
high mortality in children under 5 years old.
Prof. Samuel M Kariuki first joined the Kenya
Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on 15th April
1991 to the Centre of Microbiology Research as an
Assistant Research Officer and was promoted to the
position of Chief Research Officer on 1st July 2009.
Prof. Kariuki has been awarded for his seminal
scientific research the prestigious Pfizer Prize for
African Scientist of the Year Award, 2012 awarded
on 31st October, 2012 by the Royal Society, United
Kingdom. Prof. Kariuki is well published including
book chapters.
He has been involved in scholarly supervision
and mentorship for post docs and several levels
of graduates with at least 4 masters and 1 PhD
graduating each year for the last 10 years.
Prof. Kariuki has served as a World Health
Organization Consultant for the last 15 years
providing technical advice on the area of food safety,
and antimicrobial resistance for infectious diseases.
He holds several grants as a Principle Investigator
and was awarded visiting Professorship by Oxford
University in June 2013.
He is also an adjunct professor in the department
of Department of Vetinary Medicine at Ohio State
University. Prof. Kariuki is also the American Society
for Microbiology (ASM) Ambassador for Kenya.
For his excellence in science and innovation,
and for influencing the lives of not only Kenyans
or Africans, but regionally, Prof. Sam Kariuki is
2014 Excellence Award.
Dr. Festus M. Tolo
re-named NAPREDA as Acting and substantive
chairperson. Festus serves on Ministerial Technical
Committees on herbal medicine products and has
served in the Organizing Committee for the 3rd East
African Health & Scientific conference in Nairobi.
Dr. Festus M Tolo first joined the Institute on 13th
March 1986 as a Laboratory Technologist III and is
currently designated as Principal Research Officer
at the Centre for Traditional Medicine & Drug
Development Research.
Festus has faithfully served KEMRI for the last 28
years. Of note, in the area of Natural Products Drug
Research, Festus has developed a herbal remedy for
herpes infection registered under the trade name
“Zedupex” for which he holds the Patent through
Recently, he was nominated to be an expert reviewer of
university of education in Kenya by the Commission
for University Education (CUE). Within the Institute,
Festus serves on various Committees including
the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, the
KEMRI Ethics & Scientific Review Committee,
KEMRI Internal Research Grants Committee,
Turning Research into Policy & Practice adhoc
Committee, the ISO 9001:2008 implementation
Committee, the ADILI Task Force, the KEMRI
Scientific Steering Committee, the Publications
Committee, the Procurement Committee, for the
years 2008 upto 2010, the KEMRI Staff integrity
Committee, and the KEMRI Staff service regulations
Committee in 2007/8.
In the social docket, Festus serves as the Treasurer
of the KEMRI Staff Welfare Association (KESWA).
For his excellence in science and innovation, Dr.
Festus Tolo is awarded a KEMRI NELION/GOLD
2014 Excellence Award.
Zedupex is currently under registration with the
Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and has received
national recognition, by NACOSTI who have
provided funds for pilot production in collaboration
with KIRDI.
Festus has worked proficiently in the area of
Natural Products Drugs Research and has headed
the Traditional Medicine & Drug Research now
Dr. Philip M. Ngumbi
He gives expert advice on identification of sand
flies species in Kenya and has been consulted by
several National and International organizations
on the same. Philip has been part of the team that
has successfully managed to trap and identify two
efficient vectors of kalazaar in Marsabit County.
Of note, Philip’s work has been greatly cited on
entomopathogenic fungi which can be used to
control various disease vectors globally. Philip also
maintains a colony of sand-flies – a National asset
for research.
Philip has represented KEMRI as a key collaborator
in work with several organizations including Daystar
University, USAMRU and ICIPE.
Dr. Philip Mutinda Ngumbi joined KEMRI in 1995 as
a Research Officer in Biomedical Sciences Research
and is currently designated as a Principal Research
Officer, at the Centre for Biotechnology Research
and Development, KEMRI Headquarters, Nairobi.
Philip Ngumbi has excelled in the area of
Leishmaniasis research - a neglected tropical
disease. In particular, Philip is an accomplished
phlebotomine and flytoxomist who has extensive
knowledge on Flycology and leishmaniases.
Dr. Maricianah Onono
Philip has had social corporate responsibilities,
and serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors
of Miangeni Secondary School in Kalawa Division,
Makueni District for the last 9 years.
Dr. Onono is a member of Sexual Reproductive
This meeting had over 300 participants from 25
countries. She was part of the team that developed
the Kenya Ministry of Health minimum package for
RH and HIV Integration package.
Dr. Onono also serves on the Kenya National Family
Planning and the Kenya National Committee
on Integration of Reproductive Health & HIV.
She chaired the Scientific Committee for the first
integration conference “integration for impact”.
As a young upcoming Scientist and for her excellence
in scientific endeavours and key work in the area
of reproductive and child health Dr. Maricianah
Onono is awarded a KEMRI LENANA/SILVER
Ms. Anne Rugutt Korir
Philip has served on the KEMRI Library and
Information Committee and has acted as CBRD’s
Centre Director occasionally.
For his excellence in scientific endeavours and key
work especially in the area of neglected tropical
diseases, Dr. Philip Ngumbi is awarded a KEMRI
NELION/GOLD 2014 Excellence Award.
Child Health Research Program (SRACHRP) and
represents KEMRI as a World Health Consultant to
strengthen implementation research to scale up new
born health interventions to reduce child mortality
in Kenya.
Dr. Onono is the Principal Investigator for a large
integrated community case management (ICCM) for
children under five years which has been funded by
UNICEF and WHO to the tune of over 2M Dollars.
Dr. Onono is a Research Officer at the Centre for
Microbiology Research (CMR). Dr. Onono joined
KEMRI on 27th January, 2012.
surveillance software system known as UTOTO
SALAMA that is currently being registered for a
copyright Trade mark and she will subsequently be
applying for a patent in New Year.
Dr. Onono’s work has demonstrated that community
health workers can correctly diagnose and treat
Pneumonia and thereby reduce mortality in children
less than five years.
She has been on a Steering Committee of an Expert
panel which have changed the National Guidelines
for management of children with severe pneumonia.
She has also developed a mobile Phone based
Anne first joined the Institute on 15th November, 1995
as a Health Records and Information Technologist.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information
Studies from University of Sunderland (UK) and
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology
and disease control from Kenyatta University. She
has further trained in cancer prevention and control
at National Cancer Institute (USA) and International
Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.
She has undertaken a leadership course; Strategic
Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) at
Kenya School of Management. Currently she is
designated as Head, Cancer Registry Unit/Senior
Health Records Information Technologist.
Anne is an upcoming scientist from Centre for
Clinical Research (CCR). She currently heads the
Cancer registry and also serves as a Monitoring
and Evaluation officer at CCR. Anne is a member
of KEMRI Non Communicable Diseases NCD
Research Programme and has served as the secretary
to the NCD Committee since its inception in 2003
to 2014.
2014 Excellence Award.
Anne’s contribution to Cancer Registry Unit has
made tremendous significant contribution towards
cancer data in Kenya, a gap that had been missing for
many years. Her work has enabled for completion
of information that has been used by the World
Health Organization to generate Cancer prevalence,
incidence and mortality in Kenya.
Anne has conducted research studies on noncommunicable diseases and undertaken community
out-reach programmes. She is a founding member
of East African Cancer Registry Network (EACRN)
which has grown to become the Africa Cancer
Registry Network (AFCRN) where she serves as a
member of steering committee. She also serves as
the Africa Representative in the Executive Board of
the International Association of Cancer Registries
Anne was recently appointed as a member of the
Board of Trustees, National Cancer Institute of Kenya
(NCIK) which was inaugurated by Health Cabinet
Secretary on the eve of Word Cancer Day 2015. She
is the current Chairperson of the Kenya Cancer
Association, which is a voluntary run organization
that aims at creating awareness and educating the
public about cancer in Kenya. Anne has been key in
training others in the region on setting up of cancer
registries and her work has impacted people in this
country and regionally. She is currently working
with local and international partners to establish
the National Cancer Registry Programme for the
For her contribution to the Institutes mandate and for
work in this key area, Anne Rugutt Korir is awarded
a KEMRI 2014 LENANA/SILVER excellence award.
Mr. Nathan O. Mauti
Nathan has successfully supervised activities
at Cancer Registry. He has contributed to the
production of detailed cancer registry reports which
have been important for providing key information
for stakeholders in Kenya.
Ms. Pauline O. Ochami
She has portrayed the Institute in good light, always
highly welcoming visitors to the Centre and working
to support the office of the Director, CIPDCR.
He has participated in training of new registrars for
both Kenyan sites and other regions in Africa to
enable them setup cancer registries. He is involved
in other ongoing studies including follow up on
cancer cases to determine survival, staging of breast
cancer, and the stroke registry is currently underway.
Nathan has also participated in ISO activities for the
cancer registry.
Nathan first joined Kenya Medical Research Institute
(KEMRI) in the on 1st April, 2011 to work as a
Cancer Registrar in the Nairobi Cancer Registry,
Pathology and Oncology Research Unit and is
currently designated as a Health Technologist II.
For his role and diligence service in this important
flagship project at the Institute, Nathan is awarded a
KEMRI 2014 NELION/GOLD excellence award
She has particularly been a key member of the
hospitality support team whenever the Centre has
had any high profile visitors or occasions.
Pauline joined the Kenya Medical Research Institute
(KEMRI) in the year 2006. She joined at the
designation of Auxiliary Staff I and she is currently
designated as Senior Auxiliary staff.
Pauline is stationed at the Centre for Infectious
Ms. Sophia Wanja Matu
and Parasitic Diseases Control Research (CIPDCR)
– BUSIA. She performs her duties with minimal
supervision, and she is always ready to take on extra
responsibilities even beyond what has been assigned
to her.
In addition, Pauline serves at the Alupe ACK church
where she is an usher. She is also a member of the
guiding and counselling team for the youth. Pauline
also serves as a church wedding Committee member.
For her hard work and exemplary performance,
Pauline is awarded a KEMRI LENANA/SILVER
2014 Excellence Award.
Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental
Law Assessment (EIA/ELA)
Sophia serves as a member of KEMRI Health Safety
Environment Advisory Committee; and she chairs
Environmental Waste Management subcommittee
and is a member of ISO Implementation and ISO
Coordination Committee at the centre level. She
represents KEMRI at the National Biosecurity
Working group and represents KEMRI at the Health
Care Waste Management Technical Working group
Sophie first joined the Kenya Medical Research
Institute (KEMRI) on 16th November, 2005 as
Assistant Research Officer and she is currently
designated as a Research Officer.
Sophia is an upcoming scientist based at the Centre
for Respiratory Disease Research (CRDR). She
is currently a PhD student at ITROMID and she
is registered as a lead expert with the NEMA on
Sophia together with Dr. Willie Githui worked on
a noble formulation named as TBCide which is
produced by KEMRI. It is trade marked as No. 62366
by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board and has been
produced since 2009. She is also an editor for the
CRDR newsletter.
For her contribution to the Institute and her key
Scientific and technical output, Sophia Matu is
awarded a KEMRI 2014 LENANA/SILVER
Chairperson of The KEMRI Board of Management Dr. Lillian Apadet congratulates Prof. Njeri Wamae the
Chair of NACOSTI shortly after she received the Long Service Award
The US Army Medical Research Unit KEMRI/
Walter Reed Clinical Research Center laboratory in
Kericho has received accreditation from the College
of American Pathologists (CAP), making the facility
the only one in Kenya and one of among the 7,000
CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.
CAP accreditation committee recognized the
KEMRI/Walter Reed facility based on the results of a
recent onsite inspection.
The laboratory’s director, Dr. Joseph Oundo was
advised of this national recognition and congratulated
for the excellence of the services being provided.
US Army Medical Research Unit KEMRI/Walter
Reed Clinical Research Center laboratory, Kericho
Kenya is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited
laboratories worldwide.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program,
begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the US
government as being equal to or more stringent than
even the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors
examine the laboratory’s records and quality
control of procedures for the preceding two years.
CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff
qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment,
facilities, safety program and record, in addition
to the overall management of the laboratory.
This stringent inspection program is designed to
specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all
laboratory patients.
Kericho Complex
The Institute was thrown into mourning following
the untimely death of the late Stephen Gichuru
Waithira on Sunday 22nd February 2015.
‘Stevo’ as he was fondly known to both family, friends
and colleagues was a Higher Clerical Officer based
at the Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR),
Stevo was buried during a tearful farewell ceremony
on Tuesday 3rd March attended by the family,
relatives friends and several colleagues lead by Prof.
Mpoke at Langata Cemetery after a church service
that w held at the same venue.
He leaves behind his wife Emily Njeri, and three
children Brenda, Mitchelle and Elvis.
The late Stevo was found dead along Mbagathi Road,
Nairobi early in the fateful morning on Sunday
under circumstances that are now subject of police
The Late Steven joined the Institute on 1st November,
2000 as a Clerical Officer and was later promoted to
the post of Higher Clerical Officer on 1st December,
2006, the position he held until his demise.
Director KEMRI, Prof. Solomon Mpoke lead the
staff in mourning the shocking passing of his staff.
Said he: “At this time of grief, I on my own behalf
and on behalf of my family and all members of staff
of KEMRI, convey my deepest sympathies to the
family, relatives and friends of the late Mr. Stephen
Gichuru Waithira”.
Prof. Mpoke eulogized Stephen as “a humble,
cooperative and peaceful person who was always
willing to go an extra mile in the discharge of his
And went on, “we pray to God to give his family the
peace of mind, courage and strength to withstand
this difficult and trying period.”
All our destiny rests with God our creator and we
pray to Him to rest the soul of the late
Mr. Stephen Gichuru Waithira in eternal peace.
The KEMRI Bulletin, joins the Director and Staff in
mourning Stevo.
Interactive segment
In this segment we want to see if the KEMRI
staff know each other. Do you know the people
who you work with? We are a family after all and
family are supposed to know each other.
Curtain Falls on Humble and Peaceful
Stephen Gichuru
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Stephen Gichuru 1965 - 22/2/2015
Guess who?
Performing CIDOs
Beatrice Sitonik
CIDO Corporate Affairs
Philip Mwema
Three Named as CIDOs of the Month
Even as they settle into their new
responsibilities, the Customer Information Desk
Officers (CIDOs) appointed five months ago, are
already making an impact at their respective stations.
Joseph Njuguna
Head of Corporate Affairs, Davis Mkoji congratulated
the trio for their achievement thus far and urged the
other CIDOs to emulate them. “Sitonik, Mwema and
Njuguna have shown the way, which the others should
follow”, he said.
This Month, Corporate Affairs Department is pleased
to name Joseph Njuguna, Philip Mwema and Beatrice The management is working on fully equipping and
Sitonik as the CIDOs of the month for remarkably re-branding the respective workstations at all centers
accomplishing various tasks and responsibilities and departments.
assigned shortly after taking up their appointment.
The three are part of 26 CIDOs appointed on
31st, October, 2014 to serve as contact point for
dissemination of information all on the Institute’s
research activities, products and services.
The CIDOs have since the appointment been receiving
feedback from clients who visit the Institute’s facilities
at the Headquarters and at all the Centers and Units
throughout the country.