Kenyan university, Chinese to build cancer institute

The University of Nairobi, one of Kenya’s top universities, has signed an agreement with Guangzhou Cherami China-Africa Investment Management to construct and operationalise a cancer institute in Nairobi. The proposed University of Nairobi-Cherami Cancer Institute is envisioned to be the premier cancer diagnosis, treatment and referral centre in Sub-Saharan Africa, reports Xinhua.

“This centre is expected to be a centre of excellence in medical research in Kenya and the region,” Amina Mohamed, the cabinet secretary for education, said in Nairobi. Mohamed noted that once it becomes operational, the institute will be a leader in the provision of cutting-edge healthcare in the country as well as contributing to the realisation of the country’s universal health coverage agenda.

Mohamed urged other universities in the country to collaborate with the private sector to build such institutes so as to serve the nation better and ensure world-class medical care is available for all Kenyans, no matter their location. “The institute will be a multifunctional facility that offers modern and outstanding teaching, training and research facilities for cancer healthcare,” Peter Mbithi, the vice-chancellor of the University of Nairobi, said.
Full report on the Xinhua site