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National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) is a public health facility comprising of seven (7) reference laboratory units that provide referral services linking National, International and County laboratories. In its current form, the NPHL is mandated to perform specialized testing for priority infectious and non-communicable diseases, laboratory-based disease surveillance, and to provide quality assurance for the public health laboratory network.

In its new role as a division under the Department of Preventive and Promotive Health, NPHL has a clear mandate that grants it stability and helps establish the right leadership with a functional management team. The implementation of its strategic plan will enhance and strengthen the planning and resource mobilization efforts for the institution.

The NPHL operates within the guidance of various policy and strategy intents of Kenya government including the Kenya Health Policy (2014 – 2030) outlining drive of the Country towards attaining the overall health aspirations of the people of Kenya informed by the Kenya’s Vision 2030, the Constitution of Kenya (2010) and the global health commitments included in the IHR (2005) and the WHO/AFRO Maputo Declaration 2008 on strengthening of laboratory systems.

In this context the World Health Organization (WHO) through its African Regional Office (WHO/AFRO) developed the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR, 1998)7 strategy, an integrated approach to streamline disease surveillance and response.

The major specific goals of NPHL are to strengthen County-level surveillance and response for priority diseases, to integrate surveillance with laboratory support, and to translate information generated from surveillance and laboratory data into specific public health actions, which are also three key NPHL areas of mandate. Further, WHO adopted the International Health Regulations in 2005, which came into force on June 15, 2007 and required all States parties to meet minimum national core capacities for surveillance and response.

The laboratory capacity requirements to comply with the IHR mandate are described in Laboratory Capacity Requirements for International Health Regulations and Their Implementation in the WHO African Region (2013) and define six pillars of core laboratory services capacity: -

NPHL Coordination of Laboratory Services, NPHL Quality Management Systems, NPHL Biosafety and biosecurity,
NPHL Capacity for priority diseases and events, NPHL Specimen Collection and Transportation, NPHL Laboratory-based surveillance and public health

Public Health Laboratory Challenges: -
The leading causes of death and disability in Kenya include: HIV/AIDS, conditions arising during perinatal periods, Lower respiratory infections, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Diarrheal diseases. Together, these diseases represent a huge burden on the health and well-being of the population contributing to morbidity, disability, and mortality. Besides the implication and direct effect on individuals and families, the social and economic impact on society and the nation at large is enormous.

To mitigate these impacts, governments often take responsibility and implement measures to protect and promote the health of their citizens through development of efficient, effective and equity oriented health system. Laboratories form an essential and critical part of this system as they support clinical diagnosis as well as confirmation of etiologies of public health emergencies.

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Our Vision, Mission, Goal and Core Values:
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Vision: To be a Center of Excellence in provision of quality and accessible Public Health Laboratory Services.

Mission: Provide Efficient, Accessible, Responsive and Quality public health laboratory services that protect the health of the Nation by detecting, and preventing the spread of diseases.

Goal: The goal of the National Public Health Laboratory is to contribute to the achievement of the national health goal of attaining Equitable, Affordable, Accessible and Quality Health care for all.

Core Values:-

NPHL Teamwork NPHL Professionalism NPHL Efficiency
NPHL Excellence NPHL Integrity NPHL Reliability

Our strategic interventions includes the following five thematic areas: -

NPHL Laboratory Services NPHL Quality Management, accreditation, Biosafety and Biosecurity NPHL Infrastructure, equipment and logistics
NPHL Monitoring & Evaluation; IT and Communication NPHL Leadership, governance, partnership, financing and human resource NPHL Reliability
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Useful Links Contact Us
CDC Global Health Global Fund KEMRI National Public Health Laboratory Services
Kenyatta National Hospital Grounds,
Hospital Road
P.O Box 20750 – 00202,
Nairobi, Kenya.
University of Maryland School of Medicine USAID KEMSA
CIHEB-Kenya Family Health International (FHI360) NHIF
World Bank African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) Ministry of Health
GIS Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) NASCOP
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