To improve human health and quality of life through
research, capacity building,
innovation and service delivery.
To be a leading center of excellence in
research for human health.
"in search of better health"

Who We Are

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a state corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, which has since been amended to Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013 as the national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.

KEMRI has grown from its humble beginning over 40 years ago to become a regional leader in human health research.
The Institute currently ranks as one of the leading Centres of excellence in health research both in Africa as well as globally.

Our Mandate

To carry out research in human health

To cooperate with other research organizations and institutions of higher learning on matters of relevant research and training.

To liaise with other relevant bodies within and outside Kenya carrying out research and related activities.

To disseminate and translate research findings for evidence based policy formulation and implementation.

To cooperate with the Ministry of Health, the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) and the Medical Sciences Advisory Research Committee on matters pertaining the research policies and priorities.

To do all things as appear to be necessary, desirable or expedient to carry out its functions.

KEMRI is the Medical Research arm of the Government and provides advice to the Ministry on various aspects of healthcare and delivery. National diseases surveillance and rapid response capacity for major disease outbreaks (Cholera, Chikungunya Virus, H1N1 Flu, Yellow Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Ebola, Aflatoxicosis etc).

In line with the constitutional requirements, KEMRI has developed a comprehensive framework under which the Institute has devolved its research activities and services, through seven regional clusters that serves the forty seven counties under the strategic pillar of health research in the context of devolution.

Technical and research support for the Emergency Care of Critically Ill Children (ETAT) guidelines. KEMRI provided Technical Facilitation in development of National Guidelines for Prevention of Cervix, Breast and Prostate cancers. Developed a curriculum and guidelines on biosafety and biosecurity for Health Care Workers in collaboration with MOH. Rationalization and regulation of traditional medicine. Human resource capacity development for research though attachments and in the KEMRI-JKUAT

What Drives Us

Our vision is to be a leading centre of excellence in research for human health
Our mission is to improve human health and quality of life through research, capacity building, innovation and service delivery
The motto of the Institute is “In Search of Better Health”

Our Core Values

We uphold zero tolerance to corruption.

We uphold the philosophy of respect and fairness to all.

We are committed to excellence and highest standards of professionalism.

We uphold purity/sanctity of life.

We are committed to promoting and supporting creativity and innovation.

We value our customers, and we endeavor to be customer focused.