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Hospital Beds Project

The Hospital Bed Project was initiated in 2011 by the Ministry of Industrialization (now Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development), to support efforts of the Ministry of Medical Services to provide beds for public hospitals across the country. Currently all beds used in Public Health facilities are imported at costs that continue to be a great challenge to the delivery of health services to the population. The aim of this project is to reverse this position. 

Public hospitals use a range of different types of beds specific to the various categories of wards and care-type. They range from ICU beds, orthopaedic beds e.t.c. This project's focus is the ‘general ward bed’ which is the basic bed found in general wards and Health Centre Facilities’ across the country. Development of capacity for the local manufacture of this type of Hospital beds was the target of the project.

In August 2011, the Ministry of Industrialization commissioned KIRDI to reverse engineer and develop a prototype of the ‘general ward bed’. The prototype bed developed by KIRDI was re-designed, fabricated and then validated by officials from the Ministry of Medical Services, Ministry of Industrialization and Kenyatta National Hospital.

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In April 2012, the Ministry of Industrialization formally contracted KIRDI to manufacture 150 ‘general ward’ hospital beds. With the prototype bed developed, SMI’S were identified and subcontracted to manufacture of the beds locally through the Sub-contracting and Partnership Exchange (SPX) model. For the 150 beds, KIRDI used three SMI’S from Nairobi and Kiambu Counties, with each contracted to make 50 beds.


Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution established in 1979 as a multidisciplinary Institution to conduct Research and Development in Industrial and Allied Technologies.

Vision: To be a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation
Mission: To undertake Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation and disseminate findings that will have positive impact on National Development

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