Background to the CRGs

Through support of the Consortium of National Health Research (CNHR) the Ministry of Health invited expressions of interest (EOI) from qualified Kenya-based research expert(s) or organizations for a short term consultancy (3-4 months) to gather and provide robust research evidence on:

  1. a) The negative health and social effects of the long-term consumption of Miraa (Khatt); and
  2. b) Reasons for the reported increase of incidences of cancer in parts of Marsabit County.

crgQualified applicants (researchers or research organizations) were required to make independent bids on one or on both of the areas of study.

After close consultation with staff of the MoH, CNHR helped design a national call for short-term consultancy bids comprising of research experts or groups of experts to gather and provide robust research evidence

in support of the two issues of strategic and national importance. The call appeared in the leading daily newspapers in Kenya (the Daily Nation and Standard) on 6th and 7th March 2014 and was open for a period of two weeks.

At the close of the call on Friday 21st March 2014, a total of 12 proposals were submitted. Eight (8) of these were on the study of the effects of consumption of Miraa on health and four (4) on the increased incidences of cancer in Marsabit County.