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In March 2004, the Institute commenced its operations as one of the five fully-fledged constituent units of the College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. By December 2004, under the leadership of the then Director of the institute, Prof. Benson Estambale, a strategic plan was developed that would guide the operations of the Institute in the next 10 years. The strategic plan identified the following as key areas of activities that would be important in driving the institute’s agenda forward. They include; Training of graduate students, collaborations with both local and international researchers, capacity building, income generation, resources mobilization and dissemination of information.

In January the 2007, a group of dignitaries from Canada and Kenya gathered under the hot sun of Nairobi to officially open building. Among the dignitaries from Canada were the then Canadian minister of health, Tony Clement accompanied by the then President of University of Manitoba, Emoke Szathmary and Dr. Frank Plummer. On the Kenyan side were the then Minister of health Hon. Charity Kaluki Ngilu, the then University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof George Magoha, Prof Benson Estambale, the then Director of the Institute and Prof Machoki the then Deputy Director. The institute has since its inception trained Kenyans and Foreigners at PhD and Masters level as part of capacity building, it has also been involved in high level research in a number of diseases in the region.

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