The Kenya Medical Research Institute is planning to build a Ksh15 billion (US$144 million) research centre in Kwale county on the coast south of Mombasa.
The centre will be built on a 100 acre site donated by the Kwale administration, it was announced on 1 August. It will comprise a research laboratory, a referral and teaching hospital, a graduate school, a drugs and diagnostic manufacturing plant and a botanical garden.
Besides delivering on its research mandate, the project is expected to generate 7,000 direct and indirect jobs in the county, besides spurring infrastructural development in the area, KEMRI says. The centre will be the institute’s fourteenth.