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FHS scientists dominate Alper-Doger Scientific Index 2022 rankings

Scientists from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) have dominated the list of best scientists according to the latest Alper-Doger (AD) Scientific Index 2022 rankings.

Among the scientists who appeared in the top 100 list are the late Prof. Elizabeth Ngugi, Prof. Walter Jaoko, Prof. Ruth Nduati, Dr. Manasi Kumar,  Prof. Omu Anzala, and David Ndetei.

Imported SARS-COV-2 Variants of Concern Drove Spread of Infections Across Kenya During the Second Year of the Pandemic


Using classical and genomic epidemiology, we tracked the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya over 23 months to determine the impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on its progression.


SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and testing data were obtained from the Kenya Ministry of Health, collected daily from 306 health facilities. COVID-19-associated fatality data were also obtained from these health facilities and communities. Whole SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing were carried out on 1241 specimens.


Phylogeographic assessment reveals geographic sources of HIV-1 dissemination among men who have sex with men in Kenya

HIV-1 transmission dynamics involving men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa are not well understood. We investigated the rates of HIV-1 transmission between MSM across three regions in Kenya: Coast, Nairobi and Nyanza. We analysed 372 HIV-1 partial pol sequences sampled during 2006-2019 from MSM in Coast (N=178, 47.9%), Nairobi (N=137, 36.8%), and Nyanza (N=57, 15.3%) provinces in Kenya. Maximum-Likelihood (ML) phylogenetics and Bayesian inference were used to determine HIV-1 clusters, evolutionary dynamics, and virus migration rates between geographic regions.

FHS shines at PC and staff recognition award ceremony

It was a big day for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) as it shone brightly at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Performance Contracting and Staff Recognition Awards FY 2020/2021 ceremony.

The event which was held at Taifa Hall on March 23, 2022 was presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama.

Vice Chancellor meets FHS staff

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama was on a two-day visit to the Faculty of Health Sciences(FHS) to meet and engage members of staff at the faculty.

On Monday 31 January, 2022, the VC visited the Department of Pharmacy and Dental Sciences, while on Tuesday 1st February, 2022, he visited the Department of Medicine and Nursing respectively.  

Prof. Kiama, Governor Lenku hold consultative meeting ahead of launching One Health lab in Oloitoktok

A consultative meeting was held between the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi Prof. Stephen Kiama, Kajiado County Governor H.E. Joseph ole Lenku, his Deputy Hon. Martin Moshisho, and the PI of the HORN Project Prof. Mathew Baylis.

Dr. Omosa pioneers Capacity Building for Scientific Manuscript Writing program at FHS

“UANDISHI-Building Capacity for Writing Scientific Manuscripts” is an innovative and experiential training program in mentoring and scientific manuscript writing, aimed at fostering scientific manuscripts writing skills and output, at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), University of Nairobi (UON). This program complements other existing research training ventures within FHS and is hosted at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR). IAVI funds UANDISHI through a collaborative grant secured by Dr.

Dr. Mureithi awarded Female Science Talents Intensive Track 2022

Dr. Marianne Mureithi is among the selected 20 women in science globally to receive the Female Science Talents Intensive Track 2022.She is the current Chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Senior Research Fellow at KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Nairobi.

UoN, Smile Train unveil scholarship programme to train surgeons

The world’s largest cleft-focused organization, Smile Train, has partnered with the leading University in the region, University of Nairobi , through the Department of Surgery to offer full scholarships to medical residents based in Africa to study plastic and reconstructive surgery. The scholarship program will support 20 resident doctors over the next five years in which each resident will receive $19,000 - $22,750 (KES. 2.1- KES. 2.3 million) per year.

UoN alumna lands Chief Pathologist and Laboratory Medical Director post in US

Dr. Asha Sigei an alumna of the University of Nairobi has been appointed as the new Chief Pathologist and Medical Director of the Iredell Memorial Laboratory in the United States of America.

Her appointment was announced in a statement published on Iredell Health System website on 6th January, 2022.

She studied medicine at the University of Nairobi School of Medicine and graduated in 2010.

Dr. Sigei completed a year-long internship in Kenya before moving to the United States for further studies.

UoN celebrates 6,647 graduands during 66th graduation

The University of Nairobi held its 66th graduation ceremony on 17th December, 2021. On this occasion, the University celebrated the hard work of 6,647 graduands, ushering them out into the world to utilize their knowledge, skills and behavior to build the nation and serve their communities.

Speaking during the 66th graduation ceremony, the Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, urged the graduating class to always remain determined and hopeful.

A sit-down with 66th UoN graduation valedictorian

Tell us your name and some bit of family and education background.

My name is Dr. Rebecca Adut Dau.  A daughter of  two nations, Kenya and South Sudan.

I studied at Ruaraka Academy and did my KCPE exams in 2010 and scored 416 marks. I later on joined The Kenya High School and sat for KCSE in 2014 where I scored A and joined the University of Nairobi to study Pharmacy.

Commemoration of World Aids Day 2021

The University of Nairobi joined the world in marking World Aids Day 2021 on 1st December, 2021.

The day that is marked internationally highlights the urgency in eliminating the inequalities that drive pandemics around the world. The Global AIDS Strategy (2021-2026) adopted at the 2021 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS has outlined ending inequalities as key to fighting AIDS. This fight is integral because inequalities have fueled AIDS and other pandemics; these inequalities have been known to inhibit proven solutions to AIDS prevention and treatment.’

UoN receives CDC grant combat antimicrobial resistance and other infectious disease threats

The University of Nairobi is among 28 organizations that have received funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat antimicrobial resistance and other healthcare threats through the establishment of the Global Action in Healthcare Network (GAIHN) and the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory and Response Network (Global AR Lab & Response Network) that cover more than 50 countries worldwide.

Study shows upsurge of vitamins during emergence of COVID-19

There was an increase in utilization of vitamins and immune boosters during the emergence of COVID-19 disease.

This was revealed in a study conducted by a number of scholars, among them Dr. Sylvia Opanga from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.

The study further revealed that no antimalarials or antibiotics were dispensed without a prescription despite the hype and requests.

UoN and KNH succesfully hold International Conference on Health

The University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) held the 5th International Conference on Health (ICH 2021) from 27th to 29th October 2021. 

The virtual conference brought together leading healthcare practitioners and intellectual leaders from Kenya and around the world.

Study shows newborns account for 46% of admissions and 66% of deaths in hospitals in Kenya

Background Most of the deaths among neonates in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) can be prevented through universal access to basic high-quality health services including essential facility-based inpatient care. However, poor routine data undermines data-informed efforts to monitor and promote improvements in the quality of newborn care across hospitals.

Defence Forces Medical Training School benchmarks at FHS

Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Dean Prof. James Machoki hosted a team of officers from the Defence Forces Medical Training School who were on a benchmarking tour at the Faculty.

The Defence Forces Medical Training School is a medical training facility in the Kenya Defence Forces and is in the process of transitioning into a College of Health Sciences, a constituent College of the National Defence University- Kenya (NDU-K).

UoN medical experts spearhead development of guidelines on case management of COVID-19 in Kenya

Medical experts from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) spearheaded the development of guidelines on case management of COVID-19 in Kenya released by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The team of experts that developed the guidelines was led by Dr. Loice Ombajo, senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Head of Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

College welcomes first year students for 2021/2022

The University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) welcomed first year students to pursue various medical courses at the Faculty for the academic year 2021/2022.

The students physically reported from Monday 20th to 22nd September, 2021 and went through the admission process that included biometric registration, verification of documents and grouping.

Prof. Were conferred with Doctor of Science degree

Professor Fredrick Were was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science (in paediatrics) of the University of Nairobi (UoN) during the 65th virtual graduation ceremony held on 24th September, 2021.

Prof. Were’s citation was read by UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama before being awarded the DSC by UoN Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi.

NOTICE: First year students' online registration

The University of Nairobi will commence a new academic year on Monday, September 20, 2021.  Applicants who received a formal letter of offer to join the University this academic year 2021/2022 are required to complete the registration process online.

Registration is the process by which you formally enroll at the University. The online registration window for all new students will open from Monday, September 13, 2021. All applicants are required to register during this period.

List of government sponsored students set for admission at Faculty of Health Sciences

Below are the lists of students admitted to pursue different programmes at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Health Sciences for the Academic Year 2021/2022.

The students were placed to study at the University of Nairobi by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

1. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 

Over 10 KCSE top performers to study medicine at UoN

More than 10 top performers in 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will join the University of Nairobi (UoN) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) to study medicine.

Simiyu Robin Wanjala who topped in the national exams had wished to study medicine at UoN. His dream has come true after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) placed him to study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UoN.

UoN, HSFC KE sign pact to enhance training, clinical care and research in human reproduction

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) has signed a collaborative training and research agreement with Harley Street Fertility Centre Kenya Limited (HSFC KE).

The agreement will see the two organizations carry out training, clinical care, and research in human reproduction with emphasis on advanced assisted reproductive techniques at CHS, HSFC KE and affiliated fertility and andrology clinics.


Are you a young Kenyan interested in telling your community’s stories through photography?

The UNFPA Kenya Kenya Country Office has launched a photo competition to raise awareness on the progress made and challenges that remain in Kenya’s march towards the 3 ZEROES namely: 

Zero preventable maternal deaths

Zero unmet need for family planning

UoN scientists join their African counterparts to find vaccines and medicine in the continent

Research scientists from the University of Nairobi have teamed up with their colleagues from other African countries to form the Sisulu Foundation for African and Pandemic Disease Response (The Sisulu Foundation).

College embarks on drive to plant 500 trees

College of Health Sciences (CHS) Principal, Prof. James Machoki led staff and students in a drive to plant 500 trees at Kenyatta Campus on 18th May, 2021.

The tree planting exercise was carried out simultaneously in seven sites at the University of Nairobi (UoN).

Covid-19 Vaccine Acceptability among Healthcare Workers in Kenya

Safety concerns, need for more information, fear of side effects, lack of trust in the government or the vaccine, short duration that vaccine development has taken and concerns on efficacy are the attributes to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers in Kenya.

According to an online survey conducted by researchers from the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, there is need for deeper engagement through health facility platforms and professional associations to address specific fears and questions on the vaccine by the healthcare workers.

Towards a coordinated strategy for intercepting human disease emergence in Africa

Emerging zoonotic viruses are one of the greatest threats to human health and security, as evidenced by the increasing frequency of disease outbreaks.

To date, the main pre-emptive response to these outbreaks has been extensive, cost-heavy efforts to document virus diversity in wildlife (eg, PREDICT and the Global Virome Projects).

UoN rolls out COVID-19 vaccination

The University Health Services has now been registered as a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre by the Ministry of Health and the Nairobi County Government, through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

The Vaccination will commence on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 8.30AM outside of the Main Students Clinic. It should be noted that the University Vaccination Centre will be required to observe Government prioritization guidelines and to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. In this regard, the following categories of the priority target groups will be eligible:

Call for papers: UoN/KNH 5th International Conference on Health

The University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences (CHS) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) will host the 5th International Conference on Health (ICH 2021). 

The conference will bring together leading healthcare practitioners and intellectual leaders from Kenya and around the world.

Prof. Jaoko debunks COVID-19 vaccine myths

There are high hopes COVID-19 vaccines will help end the pandemic. However, there have been claims about these vaccines that have received mixed reactions from all quarters some advocating for the vaccines and others heavily criticizing the vaccines based on the manner in which the vaccines were hurriedly developed and approved raising safety and effectiveness concerns.

College receives assorted medical equipment donation from Republic of Hungary and Slovenia

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) is among three public health institutions that has benefited from a donation of medical equipment from the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Slovenia.

The assorted medical equipment worth Kshs. 20M  was officially handed over to CHS in a ceremony that was held on 12th February, 2021. 

UoN Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama was represented at the event by Prof. Julius Ogengó, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs.

UoN prides in training high calibre health professionals as it marks golden jubilee

The University of Nairobi (UoN) prides in taking a leading role in training of qualified healthcare professionals as it celebrates its golden jubilee this year.

The celebrations to mark UoN’s 50 years of existence since its inception in 1970 were led by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi on 10th December, 2020.

Tunisia Health Alliance and Kenya Healthcare Federation collaboration with CHS

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) on Monday 14th December, 2020 hosted a delegation from Tunisia Health Alliance and Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF).  The delegation was received by CHS Principal, Prof. James Machoki M’Imunya and Dr. Peter Arimi, Technical Lead, Operations, Strategic Partnerships and Linkages, Center for Research, Innovation and Grants Advancement (CERIGA) 

5709 graduate as UoN holds 2nd virtual graduation ceremony

The University of Nairobi (UoN) Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to 5,709 graduands during the 64th UoN graduation ceremony held on 11th December, 2020.

This was the second graduation ceremony the University successfully held virtually in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

During the ceremony, the University awarded honorary degrees to Prof. Julia Ojiambo and Prof. Micere Mugo.

CHS receives medical equipment donation from Hungary and Slovenia

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) is among three public health institutions that will receive a donation of medical equipment from the Republic of Hungary and the Republic of Slovenia. The other institutions are Spinal Injury Hospital and Kericho Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The donation of the assorted medical equipment to CHS is an initiative by Dr. Elly Nyaim (acting Chairman Department of Surgery) and Dr. Julius Kiboi (acting Dean School of Medicine).

CHS gets PPEs donation from Equity Group and Kenya COVID-19 board fund

The University of Nairobi (UoN) was among 11 universities that received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) courtesy of Equity Group Foundation and the Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board.

USAID comes to the aid of final year medical students

The University of Nairobi (UoN) School of Medicine received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) support worth 12 million Kenya shillings from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The PPEs were handed over to UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama by Mark Meassick, the Mission Director of USAID Kenya and East Africa on 16th September, 2020.

CHS welcomes new students virtually

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) formally welcomed freshmen for 2020/2021 academic year during the first virtual orientation on 2nd September, 2020.

During the orientation, the students were addressed by the college Principal, Prof. James Machoki and Deputy Principal, Prof. Evelyn Wagaiyu.

College of Health Sciences (CHS) First Years Orientation Video

Video Links are here to increase your engagement with the college of Health Sciences and the University at large. There are many wonderful university of Nairobi YouTube videos online expressing Research, Welcome messages, Communication from management, Media talks, conferences among others.

Link to the College of Health Sciences (CHS) First Years Orientation

First Years' Online Registration, Orientation, and Learning 2020

The Academic Year 2020/2021 will commence on Monday 31 August 2020 and the first thing you need is your letter of Admission.  If you do not have your letter of admission, please write an email to with details of your name, programme to which you have been admitted to and KCSE Index Number..

Orientation, registration, classes and examination will all be exclusively be conducted online via various virtual platforms.

Notice to incoming first year students 2021


The 225th University Senate held on Wednesday 4th August 2021 considered and approved the Revised Semester Schedules for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
Please note the following important dates and activities:

Monday 13th September 2021
Early Online registration of First Years begins

 Monday 20th September 2021
Physical reporting to the University for all Module I First Years

SWA to organize for the accommodation of the students

Study reveals increase in use of antibiotics in Africa and Asia due to COVID-19

A study has shown an increase in the use of antibiotics and antimalarials in Africa and Asia due to corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The study was conducted by Dr. Sylvia Opanga, a senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi together with other scholars in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Opanga presented the study with its findings during the UoN-CHS COVID-19 Research Forum held on Tuesday 4th August, 2020.

CHS COVID-19 Response and Research Committee holds its third virtual research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee continues to hold virtual research forums to discuss research being conducted at CHS towards COVID-19 response.

The 3rd forum was held on 21st July, 2020 where Prof. Peter Mungai, from the School of Medicine was the presenter.

CHS COVID-19 Response and Research Committee holds its second virtual research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee held its second virtual research forum on 14th July, 2020, a week after holding the inaugural session on 7th July, 2020.

The presentation and discussion during the 2nd session revolved around offering psychological support to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHS COVID-19 pandemic response and research committee holds inaugural research forum

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) COVID-19 Response and Research Committee held inaugural virtual research forum on 7th July, 2020.

The main objective of holding the session was to discuss research being conducted at CHS towards COVID-19 response.

There are several exciting research projects lined up for presentation during the sessions that will be held every Tuesday from 9am to 10am.

Dr. Ombajo: Reopening will be associated with rise in COVID-19 cases

Catch up with Dr. Loice Ombajo, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Head of Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) interview on Citizen Television.

Dr. Ombajo has been on the frontline of case management at KNH since Kenya reported the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in March 2020.

Dental School receives personal protective kits as it embarks on gradual reopening

The University of Nairobi (UoN) School of Dental Sciences (SDS) received a donation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic containment items on 23rd June, 2020.

The University Health Services (UHS) also benefited from the donation as it continues to offer services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Wagaiyu appointed CHS Deputy Principal

The College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Evelyn Wagaiyu as the Deputy Principal.

Prof. Wagaiyu’s appointment was made by the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama following the approval by the Council.

Prof. Wagaiyu, a specialist periodontologist once served as the Dean School of Dental Sciences.

PENDA PhD Scholarship

The PENDA Consortium is pleased to launch a full-time studentship for one researcher with disabilities to conduct research to improve the evidence surrounding Disability Inclusive Development.

The Consortium is committed to building the capacity of researchers with disabilities from LMICs, and so is launching an exciting new PhD Programme - a partnership between LSHTM and University of Nairobi.

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

The novel corona virus pandemic is behaving like a big river whose flow can be slowed for some time by building dams. Building dams holds back the water but if heavy rains continue even the dam is unable to hold all the water and the excess either spills over causing damage or it is released in a controlled manner. This appears to have been the underlying principle when the Covid-19 pandemic public health campaigns were designed in the United Kingdom (UK).

Online Webinar on COVID-19: From Science to the Dental Clinic

 Online Webinar on COVID-19: From Science to the Dental Clinic

COVID-19: FROM SCIENCE TO THE DENTAL CLINIC Speaker: Dr. Hudson Alumera BDS, MDS (Periodontology) Specialist Periodontist & Implant Surgeon, School of Dental Sciences; University of Nairobi. Moderator: Dr. A. Wetende Lecturer and Specialist Periodontontist, School of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi.

Avoiding handshake is an integral part of good hand hygiene

The spread of covid-19 will soon be under control all over the world and economies will open up fully for social and business interactions. It has been predicted by World Health Organization (WHO) that the disease will become endemic which means that Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures must become a continuous process to prevent recurrence or outbreaks.

COVID-19: CHS Principal receives 200 face shields donation from OTPAK

The Operating Theatre Practitioners Association of Kenya (OTPAK) donated 200 face shields to the University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences Principal, Prof. James Machoki.

The face shields were handed over to Prof. Machoki on 12th May, 2020 by OTPAK Chairman Prof. Pankaj Jani, who is also a lecturer in the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine. UoN.

Online etiquette for meetings in the wake of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in more business transactions, classes, lectures and different types of meetings being conducted via online platforms. Some people are still on the learning curve with regard to use of these relatively new channel as well as how to conduct themselves when participating in whichever way. Online etiquette or netiquette is the set of rules that is recommended for online communication.

Opinion: UoN embraces covid-19 pandemic new online initiatives

The covid-19 pandemic which has ravaged the world in 2020 will be remembered for having caused many unfortunate deaths around the world. In days to come, it will also be remembered for other bad things as well as some good effects in social life and in industries such as education.

Prof. Machoki: Invest more in universities' research in COVID-19 fight

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) Principal Professor James Machoki has called for increased investment to strengthen the research infrastructure and capacity of Kenyan universities in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Prof. Machoki, there is need to carry out Covid-19-related research that covers scientific, medical, economic, behavioural and communication areas.

UoN CRISS+ Project supporting fight against HIV

The University of Nairobi, Central Kenya Response - Integration, Strengthening and Sustainability plus Project (CRISS+ Project) is a 5 year (2017-2022) PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention, care & treatment project in partnership with Kiambu and Kirinyaga County health departments, Kiambu People Living with HIV/AIDS (KIPEWA) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

COVID-19 global survey

We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic associated with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The key to halting the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and ‘flattening the infection curve’ is public adherence to drastic and rapidly evolving public health prevention measures that are now being widely implemented around the world.

VIDEO: Online learning taking shape during COVID-19 pandemic

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted so many functions and operations across all sectors in all countries in the world.

Following the announcement of the first COVID-19 case in Kenya, the government directed all learning institutions to be shut down as one of the measures to stop the spread of the disease.

COVID-19: Quality and safety of hand sanitizers considerations

Hand sanitizers are one of the key tools being utilized to control the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus).  The principle component and active ingredient of hand sanitizers that are recommended for coronaviruses is alcohol at a concentration of at least 60% (v/v).  The two formulations developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) are based on either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.   The WHO formulas also include hydrogen peroxide and glycerin as a humectant.  Commercial hand sanitizers may contain other additives such as polymeric thickeners (e.g., Carbomer), f

VIDEO: UoN staff rally up in fight against COVID-19

The University greatly appreciates the efforts by staff and students from the College of Health Sciences for their continued dedicated service to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their efforts can not go unnoticed following the Ministry of Health announcement about the recovery of two patients who had contracted the disease. 
The two, Ivy Brenda  Cherotich and Brian Orinda had been quarantined for 23 days at Mbagathi Hospital.

Hand sanitisers: Government manufacturing will be useful for rapid short-term mass production and distribution

With the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, hand sanitisers have gone from being niche products to one of the most widely discussed means by which to control the spread of the virus.

Although soap and water are the gold standards for handwashing to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting coronaviruses, hand sanitisers provide an alternative when the former are not available or unsuitable.

General information about COVID-19

Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) is a new respiratory illness that can easily be spread from person to person.
COVID-19 is spread through contact with droplets produced by a person who is sneezing or coughing or contaminated surfaces or objects.
COVID-19 can cause severe symptoms like fever, cough, headache, body aches and difficulty in breathing.
COVID-19 is preventable through;

Washing your hands with soap and running water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer,

Maintain social distancing and keep COViD-19 at bay

There is need for Kenyans to adjust how they live or work to ensure social distancing is maintained in the wake of coronavirus disease (COViD-19) outbreak.
Already Kenya has 28 confirmed cases of COViD-19 as of 25th March, 2020. When the first confirmed COViD-19 case was reported in Kenya, the the government announced measures to fight the disease and the measures have been continously been reviewed to help stop the spread of the disease.

Coronavirus: UoN researchers join global search for vaccine

Researchers from the University of Nairobi (UoN) have joined the world in search for a coronavirus (covid-19) vaccine as countries grapple with the pandemic.

The disease has so far killed more than 14,500 people globally with 340,066 confirmed cases in 192 countries and territories.

Survey for corona virus awareness among students and staff at UoN

In light of the H.E. President decree on COVID-19 , UoN has taken certain steps in response.

This survey aims to assess the university community's knowledge and practice around COVID 19 to develop further strategies to contain the pandemic.

Click here to take part in the survey.

UoN hosts forum to enlighten the masses on coronavirus

A team of experts from the University of Nairobi held a public forum to enlighten the masses on the deadly coronavirus that has killed 4,900 and infected 132,000 people globally.

The experts drawn from different fields reiterated the need for personal hygiene to stay protected from the new coronavirus that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The coronavirus vaccine, how soon will it be developed?

Scientists are working around the clock to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus that has spread to almost all continents across the world and killed more than 4,000 people.

Dr. Marianne Mureithi, a lead research scientist at KAVI-ICR, projects a period of 12 to 18 months for scientists to develop a vaccine for the virus.

RESEARCH: Stopping HIV from where it starts

Funding and effort has gone into understanding the body’s immune response to HIV, with scientific investigations of the blood. Now a team of UoN researchers KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) at the University of Nairobi has been awarded two research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Swedish Research Foundation to investigate the body’s defense but this time studying the mucosal tissues of sexual organs.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama’s maiden trip to CHS

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama visited the College of Health Sciences on 2nd March, 2020.

The VC was welcomed by the College Principal Prof. James Machoki.

H e met staff from the School of Public Health thereafter toured the library to see the progress of renovations being done before heading to inspect the new building that will house the School of Pharmacy.

Cochlear implant coming soon courtesy of UoN and KNH

Cochlear implant surgeries will soon be offered by Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

The good news was revealed by KNH CEO Dr. Evanson Kamuri during the event that was held to mark World Hearing Day at the College of Health Sciences on 3rd March, 2020.

VIDEO: Corona virus demystified by UoN experts

Prof. Omu Anzala and Dr. Moses Masika both from KAVI Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) have outlined helpful measures that can be undertaken to reduce the risk of corona virus outbreak in Kenya.

According to Prof. Anzala there is no vaccine for the virus that has so far killed more than 3000 people globally.

“There is no vaccine for corona virus, the nearest we are drug development,” Prof. Anzala says.

Survey details what happens at adolescent and young adult HIV clinics in Kenya

Tailored services for adolescents and young adults (AYA) living with HIV may improve treatment outcomes.

Although HIV programmes have implemented varied approaches to enhance AYA services that could be leveraged to support transition to adult services, there is need to conduct research on the impact of these services on health outcomes.

Expert: Kenya should be on high alert over corona virus

Kenya should go on high alert over the outbreak of corona virus that has so far killed more than 2,600 people globally.

Prof. Omu Anzala from KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research KAVI-ICR University of Nairobi says the spillover of the virus that emanated from Wuhan, China could emerge from anywhere.

Shadow in Perpetuity; New book on dreadful cancer disease

Cancer has in recent times acquired an eerie omnipresence in the minds of our countrymen as they see all kinds of personalities, big and small go down with the disease.

The mood in our country today is governed by the fear of cancer through rumours peddled by people who most of the time lack the right information and know-how that can guide the fidgety population about what is actually going on.

CHS holds funeral service for world-renowned HIV researcher Prof. Plummer

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) played host to the funeral service for Prof. Francis Plummer, a renowned HIV researcher from Canada.

Prof. Plummer died on 4th February, 2020 in Nairobi. He was visiting Kenya to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University of Manitoba and University of Nairobi research collaboration he helped to establish.

UoN staff and students mentor Mang'u High School students during Career Fair 2020

The University of Nairobi (UoN) College of Health Sciences (CHS) was among the institutions of higher learning that were invited to showcase their products to the students of Mang’u High School during the school’s Career Fair 2020.

Most of the students expressed interests in joining UoN, which is Kenya’s premier institution of learning to achieve their career dreams.

UoN aims at increasing its visibility on the world wide web

After the completion of revamping its system of websites, the University of Nairobi (UoN) has now embarked on generating and uploading quality content aimed at increasing its visibility on the web.

Speaking when he met the website team on 6th December, 2019, UoN acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Mbeche urged the team to work together with the aim of increasing the university’s visibility on the web.

Rising cases of NCDs worry medics

Medics and other stakeholders in the health sector are a worried lot as a result of rising cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The NCDs disease burden is on the rise not only in Kenya but across the globe.

CHS swimmer swimming to glory

Having been nominated to represent Kenyan universities at the 30th Summer Universities Games in Italy, Romana Ochanda, 5th year MBCHB student is determined to conquer the waters. We caught up with were after jetting back to the country from Italy.

My name is Romana Adero Ochanda, a 5th year medical student at the University of Nairobi.

Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity targeting CD4-inducible epitopes predicts mortality in HIV-infected infants


Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) has been associated with improved infant outcome in mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV-1. Epitopes of these ADCC-mediating antibodies remain unidentified. CD4-inducible (CD4i) epitopes on gp120 are common ADCC targets in natural infection and vaccination. We tested whether CD4i epitope-specific ADCC mediated by maternal antibodies or passively-acquired antibodies in infants is associated with reduced MTCT and improved infant survival.

KAVI Institute of Clinical Research launches IAVI W001 study

KAVI Institute of Clinical Research enrolled the first volunteer to start a phase 1 clinical trial to test a novel HIV vaccine candidate, BG505 SOSIP.664 gp140.

The study dubbed the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative W001 (IAVI W001) is aimed at assessing the safety of the candidate and to determine if vaccination induces the human immune system to produce proteins known as neutralizing antibodies (NAbs).

Kidney hospital dream come true for Prof. Mungai

Prof. Peter Mungai, the Director of the East Africa Kidney Institute (EAKI) will be the happiest man on earth once the construction works of the kidney hospital will be completed.

According to him, he has had a dream of building a kidney hospital for many years and its completion will be a dream come true.

Prof. Jaoko honoured for role in fight against HIV/AIDS

Prof. Walter Jaoko, Director KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research was one of the ten individuals who were honoured at the Ten out of Ten (1O/10) Awards held at the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, London on 9th September, 2019.

The Ten out of Ten Awards aims at facilitating an important conversation about the intersection that must converge in order to meet the UN targets of globally ending all new HIV diagnosis by 2030.

Environmental Committee meets student leaders

A group photo of student leaders and Environmental Sustainability Committee members after the meeting.

College of Health Sciences Environmental Sustainability Committee held a meeting with student leaders to sensitize them on environmental matters.

The meeting which was chaired by the committee’s chairperson Dr. Mary Kinoti was held at the School of Medicine Boardroom.

Conferences at chsd8club

Charitè-Universitätsmediizin Berlin (CUB) and University of Nairobi (UoN) exchange program is a 1-month fully sponsored research-based elective. It was pioneered by a student in 2016 with 3 cycles since.

The 2018 recipients were: Becky Wanjiku Njuguna, Brian Bundi Nyamweya, Evans Mutia Mutwiri, Mandela Kibiriti Mwangi, Ruth Kwamboka Nyang'aya and Sandra Obaje Maseno.

The following account is an attempt to summarize our collective experience:

Charitè University and hospital:


The School of Dental Sciences held its Hippocratic Oath ceremony for the graduates of class 2017 on Friday 17th November 2017 at the School of Dental Sciences.

The oath was administered by Dr. Regina J. Mutave – Dean School of Dental Sciences, to the (20) Bachelor of Dental Surgery students who qualified for the award of Degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery by the University of Nairobi.

Protocol of a randomised controlled trial characterising the immune responses induced by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccination in healthy Kenyan women: setting the stage for a potential VZV-based HIV vaccine


This open-label, randomised, longitudinal crossover study includes healthy Kenyan VZV-seropositive women at low risk for HIV infection. Participants receive a single dose of a commercial live-attenuated VZVOka vaccine at either week 0 (n=22) or at week 12 (n=22) of the study and are followed for 48 and 36 weeks postvaccination, respectively. The primary outcome is the change on cervical CD4+ T-cell immune activation measured by the coexpression of CD38 and HLA-DR 12 weeks postvaccination compared with the baseline (prevaccination).

School of Dental Sciences (SDS) staff undergo pedagogy and andragogy training

A section of teaching staff from the College of Health Sciences successfully finished a pedagogy, andragogy and mentorship training held from 27th to 29th May, 2019.

The 3-day workshop was conducted by the Centre for Pedagogy and Andragogy (CEPA) based at the College Of Education and External Studies in Kikuyu Campus.

Capacity Building training for Corruption Prevention Committees and integrity Assurance Officers

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) held a Capacity Building training for Corruption Prevention Committees and Integrity Assurance Officers on Monday, 8th April, 2019.

The workshop which was organized by the University of Nairobi in liason with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was held in the School of Medicine Boardroom.

The event was graced by Prof. Stephen Kiama, the acting DVC Human Resource and Administration.