The National Malaria Reference Laboratory (NMARL) is a public health laboratory facility established by the Ministry of Health (MOH) with the mandate to offer reference malaria services and oversee all quality assurance programs in malaria diagnosis. NMARL operates within regulatory standards set by Kenya Medical Technicians and Technologist Laboratory Board.

NMARL provides a comprehensive range of services which are: evaluation of new Laboratory methods for malaria diagnosis, quality assurance (slide rechecking and provision of malaria proficiency tests panels), molecular diagnosis, competency assessment, formulation of policy guidelines, and inter laboratory networking.

Laboratory sections

Slide rechecking

Functions

  • Maintaining malaria slide bank
  • External Quality Assurance through slide rechecking
  • Proficiency testing
  • Routine malaria surveillance

Molecular

Functions

  • Outbreak investigations
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • Genomic surveillance of malaria
  • Drug susceptibility testing

Training

Functions

  • Outbreak investigations
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • Genomic surveillance of malaria
  • Drug susceptibility testing

Validation

Functions

  • Outbreak investigations
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • Genomic surveillance of malaria
  • Drug susceptibility testing

Test menu

Test Walk-in/Referral service Free/chargeable Expected TAT 
mRDT malaria testing Walk-in Free  30 mins 
Malaria Microscopy testing Walk-in Free  60 mins 
Molecular diagnosis Referral  Free  24 hours 
Drug susceptibility testing Referral  Free  2 weeks