National Public Health Institute

Tel: +254 20 2608366
P.O. Box 54840, 00200

Mbagathi Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Jackson Kioko - Director


Institute Profile

Kenya’s National Public Health Institute aims to concentrate and strengthen public health work through increased efficiency and accountability and enhanced public health visibility. The institute brings together various public health activities to ensure the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. Responsibilities of the institute include evaluation of population health status, disease surveillance, health research, disease investigation and control, and external partnership coordination. The Division of Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Response, the Division of National Public Health Laboratory Services, the Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program, and the Emergency Preparedness Response Unit are housed under the institute.

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)


Tel: +254 20 2722541

P.O. Box 54840, 00200

Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Gerald Mkoji - Acting Director


Institute Profile

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of that year to represent the national body responsible for carrying out health science research in Kenya.  Prior to the establishment of KEMRI, health research in Kenya was conducted under the auspices of the East African Medical Research Council, established in 1957 to serve the countries of the East African Community. Following the break-up of the East African Community in 1977, the Kenyan Parliament passed the Science and Technology Act i and amended it in 1979 to provide for the establishment of research institutes.

KEMRI’s areas of research include:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology, public health, and health systems
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Biotechnology
  • Noncommunicable diseases