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Oct 1, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

As cooperation between China and Africa continues to grow, now comes news of a new partnership between one of Kenya’s top universities and a Chinese investment firm. Its purpose? To build and run a new cancer institute in Nairobi. Here’s a closer look at the initiative, as reported by Xinhua News.

Cutting Edge Health Care

Last month, the University of Nairobi (UoN) signed an agreement with Guangzhou Cherami China-Africa Investment Management to create the University of Nairobi-Cherami Cancer Institute (UNCCI). Amina Mohamed, Kenya's cabinet secretary for education, said, “This center is expected to be a Center of Excellence in medical research in Kenya and the region.”

"The institute will be a multifunctional facility that offers modern and outstanding teaching, training and research facilities for cancer health-care," added UoN Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi.

In addition to comprising departments of laboratory medicine, radiology, radiotherapy, adult oncology and internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, anesthesiology, critical and palliative care, nursing, pharmacy and bone marrow/stem transplant, the institute will also raise awareness about cancer and help with the development of a comprehensive National Cancer Registry.

A Life-Saving Initiative

Wei Xiaolin, president of President of Guangzhou Cherami China-Africa Investment Management subsidiary, Cherami Africa Limited, said that upon its completion UNCCI will be a regional leader. He also cited Asian technology, knowledge and financing as critical to the endeavor. “We shall embark on training personnel and also equip the institute with modern and relevant equipment to help save the lives of people,” he added.

Mohamed expressed her hope other universities throughout the country would partner with private sector entities to establish similar institutes toward the goal of ensuring all Kenyans have access to world-class medical care.

Learn more about studying healthcare degrees in Kenya here.

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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