The urgent need for the discovery and development of new pharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer, AIDS and infectious diseases, as well as a host of other diseases, demands that all approaches to drug discovery be exploited aggressively, and it is clear that nature has played, and will continue to play, a vital role in the drug discovery process. Plants have given the modern world a considerable array of drugs, and in the industrialized countries, 25% of the prescription drugs contain active principles that are still extracted from higher plants. In the area of anti-infectives (anti-bacterial, -fungal, -parasitic, and -viral), close to 70% of drugs are either naturally derived or inspired,Read more...
There is need for engineers in the realization of Vision 2030 and industrialization. MKU has made collaborations with a group of 12 Engineers Brigade. 12 Engineers brigade has been in existence for the past 20years whose mandate is to do construction works which include; roads, dams, schools, water drilling and buildings. The brigade is expected to facilitate educations of various officers, put up a school in the brigade as well as take part in the deployment in Somali.
It's worth noting that;
• The key pillar of Vision 2030 is security of the nation which is enhanced by the military.
To strengthen collaborative research with other research institutions, the Directorate is in the process of establishing collaborations with institutions such as Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to complement the available research infrastructure. Furthermore, the County Government of Kiambu (COKIA) and MKU came together to establish the County Health Research Forum and to strengthen University Ethical Review Committee. The two entities are holding discussions aimed at establishing a Cancer Registry for the Kiambu County to be hosted by Mount Kenya University.