The University of Nairobi has signed a memorandum of understanding with Cherami investment Group to establish a Cancer Research Institute in Nairobi.
When established, it will be a hub for cancer teaching, diagnosis and treatment centre in Sub Saharan Africa.
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Amb Amina Mohammed, who officiated during the signing the University Main Campus Monday, said the Centre will help to addressing some of the pressing health challenges in the country and the region at large.
She said the Ministry of Health records indicate cancer is now the third leading cause of mortality in Kenya, accounting for 7%of the total deaths, after infectious and cardiovascular diseases.
The CS said she was happy that the University of Nairobi and Cherami Africa Limited will enter into collaboration at zero financial exposure to the university.
Amb Amina, however, expressed the need for health authorities to create more awareness about the nature and causes of cancer to Kenyans in rural areas.
She said her Ministry would work witht he Ministry of Health to develop a legislative framework that would support Universities to establish and operate medical training facilities.
In his remarks, UoN Vice-Chancellor,Prof. Peter Mbithi said the Cancer Institute will be a multifunctional facility that offers modern and outstanding teaching, training and research facilities for cancer health-care.
Prof. Mbithi, who was flanked by the new chairperson of the University of Nairobi council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, said the Centre, which will be within the University of Nairobi system will offer holistic patient-centered cancer services, provide research and innovations and raise awareness about cancer.
He said the proposed centre will work in conjunction with National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a comprehensive National Cancer Registry.
“This will ensure inefficient and systematic utilization of resources,” Prof. Mbithi said.
The President, Cherami Africa, Mr. WeiXiaolin, said that Cherami Africa is a subsidiary of Guangzhou Cherami Investment Management Group, an afro-centric integrated financial services group with over USD 2 Billion of Assets Under Management (AUM).
Mr. Wei Xiaolin said that his Company brought the best of Asian technology, knowledge, and funds to meet the most socially impactful demands in Africa.
“Our priority areas are around real estate, healthcare; green energy and other environmentally friendly technology, agriculture, manufacturing and internet, and mobile business,” he added.