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The Kenya Medical Institute (KEMRI) celebrated its 40th anniversary on 10th February 2020. The celebration commemorated during the 10th KASH Conference brought together over 800 guests to celebrate 40 years of research excellence in Africa. In search for better health, KEMRI was established in 1979 through the Science and Technology Act. In 1989 through a […]
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Policy Maker’s guide for adopting a gender lens in health systems policy

Policy makers are interested in knowing what practical steps to take to move towards a more gender-equitable and transformative health system. A new guide published by Research in Gender & Ethics (RINGs) is expected to help policy makers adopt a gender lens in policy deliberations on health systems. In order to prompt reflections on how […]
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Health Technology Assessment Short Course

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, HiTAP and iDSI organized a short course on Health Technology Assessment that took place between the 18th to 22nd November in Nairobi. The purpose of the course was to introduce participants to the concept of Universal health coverage, health financing and healthcare priority setting. More […]
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KEMRI-Wellcome Highlights Health Equity Issues During Equity Week

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust participated in this year’s Equity Week between 11th and 15 November. Convened by the International Budget Partnership, Equity Week brings together stakeholders drawn from the national government, county government, community groups and other agencies to reflect on equity and equality issues particularly in resource mobilization and distribution in the country. There were two […]
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New virtual reality medical training app LIFE uses HTC VIVE Focus Plus for training doctors and nurses to save lives.

Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE), a virtual reality (VR) medical training platform developed by doctors, nurses and researchers at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kenya and Oxford University with support from HTC, was officially launched on 14th November 2019. LIFE allows healthcare workers to enter a realistic 3D virtual hospital on their own […]
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[NEST360°] Closing the newborn care gap in hospitals across Africa.

Worldwide, almost half of childhood deaths occur in newborns (the first four weeks of life), totalling 2.5 million each year, with the highest risks and slowest progress in Africa. Currently around 28 in every 1,000 babies in Sub-Saharan Africa die in the first month of life. Hundreds of thousands of babies could be saved through […]
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“Difu Simo”- A Mental Health Awareness Campaign

This is a mental health awareness campaign which is being conducted in Kilifi County along the Kenyan Coast. The awareness campaign slogan is “Difu Simo”, a Kigiryama phrase which means “Breaking free”. The campaign was officially launched in October during an event that was organized by the Kilifi County Government to mark the World Mental […]
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The ferroportin Q248H mutation protects from anemia, but not malaria or bacteremia

Researchers have shown that the iron export mutation (Q248H) that primarily occurs in populations of African ancestry may protect from iron deficiency and anemia. In contrast to previously published work (Zhang et al. 2018), their work using data for over 18,000 children show that there is little evidence that the mutation protects against malaria nor […]
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Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Chalmers Medal Winner – 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Kinyanjui who was named winner of the 2019 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Chalmers Medal. This honour was announced at the 11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health held in Liverpool. The award was in recognition of Dr. Kinyanjui’s exemplary efforts to revolutionize capacity building in young […]
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The Nairobi Programme at KEMRI Wellcome Trust hosts over 17 principal researchers, 15 PhD fellows and a dedicated team of over 40 research assistants spanning clinical research, health services research, population health research, and health systems and economics research. Learn more about the ongoing research and the principal researchers behind the work. Click here to […]
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