INTRODUCTION: The University of Nairobi institute of tropical and infectious diseases (UNITID) laboratories is housed in a modern building complex at the Kenyatta national hospital complex grounds. It has specialized laboratories such as molecular/PCR, Tuberculosis (TB), Bacteriology, Chemistry, Serology/Immunology, Flow Cytometry and Tissue culture. Other facilities within the institute include a biorepository facility. The institute also houses two Biosafety Level 3 laboratories. These laboratories are run through joint partnership between universities of Nairobi-Kenya, university of Manitoba, Canada and The National Microbiology of Canada. Our main goal is to provide laboratory services to support research in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. These include but not limited to malaria, HIV, TB and other hemorrhagic fever viruses. We also provide laboratory diagnostic services to other laboratories and hospitals.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
The current laboratory staffs at the institute consist of a Laboratory Director, senior laboratory technologists and support staff. All our staff are well trained.
2: LABORATORY FACILITIES
The Retro-Virology Bio-containment BSL-3 laboratory: The lab is dedicated to HIV research work dealing with culture of high concentrations of the virus. This may include but not limited to work such as testing any HIV drug target or products that may inhibit HIV from entry into host cells as well as neutralizations assays. Currently, we are engaged in a pilot research focusing on screening of herbal medicine against different strains of HIV viruses. The goal is to identify a herbal extract that can be used in treatment of HIV infection. These herbs are collected from herbalists who claim to treat HIV infection.
Enhanced Bio-containment BSL-3 laboratory: This laboratory is equipped with a class III biological safety cabinet. Due to the higher level of containment offered by this lab, this facility can handle many of the risk group 4 microorganisms. Consequently, it has the potential for; (i) research on emerging and re-emerging risk group 4 pathogens, (ii) surveillance and control of emerging and re-emerging pathogens and (iii) participating in disease outbreak in East, Central and Southern Africa region.
QUALITY MANAGEMENT (QC): Technologists conform to strict internal quality control and system maintenance for equipment, calibration and validation. Constant internal and external quality checks programs are factored in the system Documentation, SOPs are all updated and available on request
QUALITY ASSURANCE: The lab is enrolled in a number of quality assurance programs both locally and abroad for a number of laboratory tests. All our equipment are calibrated and are on service contract. All our staff have relevant qualifications as per the area of responsibility and are registered by their respective regulatory bodies e.g. KMPDB and KMTTLB.
LOCATION AND CONTACT
UNITID-KNH Campus [Next to Medical library]
TEL: +254 202713179/2341108/9/2713697