KEMRI management established the Office of Assistant Director (Resource Development & Knowledge Management) with a view of being overall responsible for developing standard structures for identifying, capturing, synthesizing (through systematic reviews), packaging, dissemination/sharing and application of knowledge aimed at improving the use of research evidence to inform policy, programming and practice.


Unlocking the potential of Knowledge


To harness knowledge assets to improve policy, programmes and practice.


To be a center of excellence of knowledge management and knowledge translation


To access, synthesize, package & advocate for health research evidence use for policy, programs, practice & innovation.


The Institute was established in the late 1979 through an Act of Parliament to provide the research needed for improving health outcomes in the country. Over the years, KEMRI has contributed to the generation of health research needed for tackling health challenges in the country.

What we have learnt over the past decades (“the know-do gap”)?

• Local researchers are relatively ineffective in “pushing” their evidence to policy
• Policy makers are relatively inefficient in “pulling” evidence into policy and practice
• Policy makers are relatively inefficient in influencing research agendas
• Sufficient evidence and knowledge exists to reduce substantially the intolerable burdens of disease carried by the counties – but disease burdens continue in Kenya
• New disease burdens emerge
• Persistent social economic inequalities
• Scaling up of proven health interventions is a problem (i.e. implementation & sustainability issues)
• Institutional mechanisms for translation of knowledge into policies and actions are weak.
• Significant research funds to KEMRI are sourced from donors. There is an increase allocation of government research grants.

Translation to Resource Development & Knowledge Management (RD&KM) Unit

The Algiers Declaration on Research for Health in the Africa Region (Resolution AFR/RC62/13 of 10 December 2008) called on the Ministers of Health from the Africa Union (AU) member states to commit to:-
(1) Strengthen national capacity in knowledge management
(2) Establish an Africa health research, information and knowledge management systems observatory
(WHO, 2008. “The Algiers Declaration: Ministerial Conference on Research for Health in the Africa Region. Narrowing the knowledge gap to improve Africa’s Health).

In follow-up related development, the East Africa Community (EAC) Health Department developed, through a series of national and regional consultations and workshops, a joint prospectus from health policy makers and researchers drawn from the republics of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania for a novel institutional mechanism for translating evidence and knowledge into effective health policies and practice. This effort collimated into formation of the Regional East Africa Community Health – Policy Initiative (REACH-PI). Each of the EAC member country through their respective Ministry of Health (MoH) was mandated to establish a REACH-PI Desk which would link to the EAC Health Department.

About a decade ago, the REACH-PI node established at KEMRI failed to take root, although there was increasing interest, commitment and action by KEMRI to contribute to enabling the use or consideration of research evidence in decision-making. This is demonstrated through KEMRI’s ongoing efforts to train county health management teams in demand and utilization of research evidence, as well as setting-up an evidence dash-board to support national and county-level decision-making in tackling health issues.

KEMRI also conduct annual scientific conferences to disseminate its research, and MoH is invited to participate in these conferences. Some of KEMRI’s researchers are involved in MoH’s TWGs. KEMRI’s main challenge is limited funding from the government to conduct and facilitate research translation.

KM Operational Objectives

• Managing knowledge and linking the researchers and policy makers
• Facilitating access to research outputs
• Commissioning syntheses of research of high policy relevance
• Packaging research syntheses for high policy impact
• Communicating and advocating to inform policy and research agendas
• Strengthening institution and national capacity for knowledge translation in health
• Monitoring and evaluation of the impact on policy and programme changes as well as profile trends of key indicators at institutional, county and national levels.

Contact us

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Resource Development & Knowledge Management
P.O. Box 54840 – 0200 GPO
Telephone: +254722205901
Email: ,


The African Journal of Health Sciences has been in circulation since 1994. Initially it was published Bi-Annually. Due to increased demand, it went quarterly in 2008 and is now published Bi-Monthly since 2015. The demand still remains very high and we intend to go Monthly by the end of 2020. The Journal is peer reviewed and quality of Manuscripts in the publication remains high.

Our Team

1.Dr. Peter Wanzala – Editor-In-Chief (

Dr. Wanzala is a Dental Pathologist and Senior Research Officer with more than 20 years research experience in the areas of Public Health and Dental

pathology.  He has won several international research grants and awards with at least 40 publications in peer reviewed journals.

2.Dr. Hudson Lodenyo – Senior Editor (

Dr. Lodenyo is a Specialist Physician, Gastroenterologist and Senior Research Officer with extensive experience in clinical research.  He has attracted several international research grants and awards with at least 25 publications in peer reviewed journals.

3.Jane Rintari – Principal Administrator in the AJHS (

4.Jemimah Omamo – Administrator in the AJHS (

For online submissions send to Editor-In-Chief to


The African Journal of Health Sciences provides a forum for communication of research results and policy issues in health sciences and related disciplines. The journal is dedicated to serving, primarily, scientists in Africa who desire to publish their research findings and those outside the content wishing to contribute to global health. The Editorial Board will therefore, give priority to articles that make significant contribution to the development and promotion of health in Africa.

Frequency of Publication: Bi-Monthly.
Each issue will essentially contain the following sections, with variants where necessary:
i. A short editorial statement on policy issues not more than two thousand words, placed not necessarily on the first page.
ii. A short review, not more than five thousand words, titled ‘Perspective’ on a current topic in the health sciences.
iii. One or two review articles by invitation or on application.
iv. Peer reviewed articles by invitation or an application.
v. Letters to the editor
vi. News – about, and on, African health and related matters.

Research Papers
Should be composed of the following in this order, clearly typed in double space:
i. Title, which should be short and specific
ii. Full names of all the authors, qualifications and affiliations of each, and full address of each author. (Qualifications of authors are only required for the purposes of Editor’s use and not for publication).
iii. Name and address of the corresponding author (s) with his/her phone number and email address.
iv. Sources of financial support, if any.
v. Summary of not more than 200 words.
vi. Introduction
vii. Materials and methods
viii. Results
ix. Discussion
x. Conclusion
xi. Acknowledgements placed immediately after the text, and before the references.
xii. Citations and references applying the Vancouver Style:
A. Citation of Periodicals:
Kofi-Tsekpo WM and Karekezi CW. Detectability and measurability of amoscanate in plasma by TLC and HPLC. Drugs under Experimental and Clinical Research. BBs; 14: 1988;14;31-37.

Watkins WM, Howells RE, Brandling-Bennet AD and Koech DK. In vitro susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Jilore, Kenya to antimalarial drugs. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 1987; 37: 445-451.

B. Citation of Books
OleFijerskov, Firoze Manji and Vibeke Baellum, eds. Dental flouroris; Handbook for health workers. Copenhagen; Munksgaard, 1988 p.

C. Citation of Chapters in Books
Same as B above.

D. Short Communications
This should possess all the elements of scientific communication as research papers, but without abstracts, sub headings and with not more than 500 words and 5 references.

References in the body of the text should be chronological and identified by Arabic numerals in square brackets e.g. Specific point mutations in naturally resistant laboratory isolates of P. falciparum [4, 5].

Figures, legends and tables should be professionally done and glossy print photographs (black and white) prepared from them (the original art work is not required). The prints should be 75x100mm min and 125x175mm max.

Submission of Paper to The Journal:
Anyone who submits a paper for publication must provide the following:
i. A letter of submission
ii. A soft copy of the manuscript
iii. Written permission from authors whose copyright material has been used in the manuscript.
iv. Informed consent from participants whose photographs have been used.
v. A Payment receipt for the manuscript processing fee ( International authors USD 100 and Kenyan authors KES 4000)
vi. A signed copyright statement following the example below:

I/We…………………………….…………..…the undersigned, who is/are the author (s) of the manuscript titled……………………………………………………………..………….., transfer all copyright ownership of this manuscript to the African Journal of Health Sciences, in the event that the manuscript is published in the Journal. I/We give guarantee that the content of the manuscript is original and is not currently considered for publication by another journal.

Contact African Journal of Health Sciences

For Inquiries contact AJHS Secretariat through:

The African Journal of Health Sciences,Kenya Medical Research Institute,Mbagathi Road, Nairobi

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

Tel: +254 0202722541/4,Email:

To find AJHS current Issues and Archives:

Other databases containing AJHS archives:,


In the framework of KEMRI Mission and Vision, the library has the mandate to facilitate availability and access to appropriate, relevant and timely information to all the Institute staff. The library aims at serving the Institute by acquiring, organizing and providing comprehensive Library and Information services for research in human health by keeping the staff abreast with the latest developments in their respective areas of research.

More specifically, it provides reading, reference, research materials, online and other services to the KEMRI scientific staff, non-scientific staff, partners, postgraduate students of the KEMRI Graduate school program, students and individuals from other relevant Institutions and networks for health research, administration, teaching and learning.


In pursuit of KEMRI’s vision of being a leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality health, the library’s vision is:

To be the first point of choice for quality information that enhances quality of life through research, teaching and learning.


In pursuit of the Institute mission of improving on quality of health and human life through research, the mission of the library is:

To provide comprehensive library and information services for research in human health


In order to realize the above vision and mission the library commits itself to uphold the following;

  • Efficient and timely delivery of information for quality health research and User-centered services including:
  • Work in collaboration with the Knowledge Management office to develop and integrate databases relevant to KEMRI Research output.
  • Be part of the team that is developing and operationalizing web based portal for dissemination and research findings for KEMRI
  • Freedom of access to information to all the KEMRI staff, KEMRI graduate school and relevant users.
  • Appreciation of client feedback to improve services and programs.
  • Provision of safe and comfortable facilities that enhance research and study.
  • Service delivery in information dissemination to the relevant platforms
  • External collaborations and partnerships and member of Association of Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) and Kenya Library Information Consortium (KLISC).
  • Capacity building through training of online literature searchers, authorship skills (academic scientific manuscript writing, referencing) and systematic reviews.


The KEMRI Library System is composed of six libraries, namely: The main Library is at the KEMRI headquarters and has other six satellite libraries. These are; ESACIPAC Library, CPHR Library, CRDR Library, CGHR Library, Kisumu, CPRDR Library Busia, Alupe, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Library in Kilifi


 Information Resources

E Resources (Digital Library)

The Library subscribes to online information resources these are:

HINARI can be accessed through the HINARI link which is You can log in to HINARI Directly through: Click Here this also links you to free access to other the Research4Life databases that is HINARI (Health), OARE (Environmental), AGORA (Agriculture), ARDI (Intellectual Property), GOALI (Law).

Bioline International is a pioneer in the provision of open access to peer reviewed bioscience journals published in developing countries. These journals contain timely research on public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security, and biodiversity. Bioline increases the visibility of this research by making it readily available to researchers across the world.

Bioline is not a publisher, but an aggregator that provides a free platform for journals who wish to participate in the global open access movement.

Historically, scholarly information has flowed from North to South and from West to East. It has also been difficult for African researchers to access the work of other African academics.

In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to change this, so that African-origin research output is available to Africans and to the rest of the world.


The library has print collection of 3000 books and 1500 serials collection (journals, newsletters and newspapers)


The Library has a thesis/ dissertation collection from the KEMRI Graduate School

Past papers from the KEMRI Graduate School

East African Medical Journal bound collection that dates back to the 1970s


The established library services include:

  • Information Literacy services (E resources Training)
  • Reference and information services
  • Circulation services
  • Interlibrary services
  • Knowledge management services
  • Preservation and Archiving services
  • Current Awareness services



Cynthia E.W Kimani; AG. Head Librarian – Digital Library, E Resources Capacity Building/ Training Coordinator

Wambui Njonge; Librarian –Digital Library, E Resources

Rose Onyango; Librarian-  Reference/Special Collections

David Thiongo; Librarian-Technical Services (Acquisitions and Cataloguing)

Lucy Mwihaki; Esacipac Librarian

CPHR Library, KEMRI Kenyatta

Jean Ngeno; Head Librarian

CRDR Library, KEMRI Kenyatta

Elijah Mongochi; Head Librarian

CGHR Library, KEMRI Kisumu

Christine Odingo; Head Librarian

Duke Nyanchama; Assistant Librarian


Julius Lubisia; Head Librarian

Lilian Wachiya; Assistant Librarian

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Library Kilifi

Alex Maina; Head Librarian

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Projections of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Following Schools Reopening January 2021
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Sero-prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among truck drivers in KenyaJanuary 2021
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Variant 501Y.V2 (variant of concern) in Comoros IslandsJanuary 2021
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COVID-19 in border Counties in Kenya: Challenges and opportunities to enhance community and Health System Response December 2020
What can Kenya Learn from other Country Responses to a COVID-19 Second Wave?October 2020
Reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic: A summary of strategies from other countriesOctober 2020
Status of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya: Evidence from serological and clinical surveillance, and predictive modellingAugust 2020
An Assessment of Knowledge, Attitudes, Perception and Practice (KAPP) about COVID-19 among the Kenyan PopulationAugust 2020
What Does it Cost to Treat a COVID-19 Patient in Kenya?July 2020
Interpreting SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Test Results: Recommendations From Experiences and Lessons Learnt from the KEMRI-CGMRC/ KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Laboratory in KilifJuly 2020
Regional Social and Epidemiological Vulnerability to COVID-19 in KenyaJune 2020
What is the role of testing in the COVID-19 pandemic?June 2020
Regional Social and Epidemiological Vulnerability to COVID-19 in KenyaJune 2020
What Medicines are Under Consideration for Treatment of COVID-19?April 2020
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Variant 501Y.V2 (South African origin) in Coastal Kenya Policy
Projections of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Following Schools Reopening
Sero-prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among truck drivers in Kenya
SARS-CoV-2 genomic diversity in Kenya, June – October 2020
Status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya: Evidence from national case-based surveillance, serosurveillance and hospital-based clinical surveillance
Genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 Policy Brief
Emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern: Should Kenya Review its Port of Entry Requirements for International Travelers?
Web_Ethical challenges in conducting embedded long term research
Recentralisation within decentralisation
TWENDE Science Policy brief
Social cultural POLICY brief
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