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Hope for patients, cosmetic surgery seekers as stem cell technology takes root in Kenya

Prof Omu Anzala, the Director of Kenya Aids
Prof Omu Anzala, the Director of Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative Institute of Clinical Research. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE 

For close to a decade now, the use of stem cells technology in healthcare has proved a sensation globally as scientists burn the mid-night oil trying to make fresh discoveries.

Back in Kenya, the technology is taking root and those in the cosmetics and regenerative medicine fields are optimistic that it will change the healing process.

The Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR) at the University of Nairobi has been conducting tests on how the stem cells technology can be used in regenerative medicine.

“It is believed that the new and emerging knowledge in stem cell science and regenerative medicine can be explored to help address the challenges of infectious diseases and curb non communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer in Africa,” Prof Omu Anzala, the Director of KAVI -ICR, said.