By Aziza Atieno

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is set to host the 12th KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) conference from Tuesday, 15th- Friday, 18th February 2022 at a hotel in Nairobi.

The conference theme is “Building a resilient health sector through investments in data science, research evidence, technology and innovations” which is being supported by the following sub themes;

Maternal, & Child Health, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Prevention, Strengthening Health Systems, Mental Health & Other Non-Communicable Diseases, Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics, Essential Sexual, Reproductive, Adolescents, Maternal, & Child Health, Control and Elimination, Genomics, Diagnostics, Vaccine Developments, & Innovation and Climate Change and Zoonoses.

The Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe is not only set to officially open the 12th hybrid KASH conference which will be held both virtually and in-person, but also commission a Malaria and COVID-19 PCR diagnostic kits on the first day of the event.

The two research innovations the Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Kit, (PlamoCheck) and the PCR COVID-19 testing kit (KEMCoV PCR) are among the latest diagnostic tools from KEMRI which will go a long way in improving Malaria diagnostics and COVID-19 disease detection in the country, which continues pose health challenges not just in Kenya but globally.

The conference has attracted over 500 participants from across the world including scientists together with sponsors, students, collaborators, development partners and policy makers to network and share research findings with a combination of scientific papers, presentations and other findings. This interaction is aimed at creating sustainable policies to support scientists in their projects for a better research environment.