On 17th March, ERGO's own Catrin Moore paid a visit to the budding scientists at Freeland School. There, pupils had the opportunity to learn about vectors and the diseases that they carry, getting a close look at specimens of ticks and mosquitos under a microscope.
For a mother, nothing worries like waking up in the middle of the night with an infant with a fever and difficulty in breathing. But these are common occurrences for infants and young children especially in a household with school going children. KEMRI Wellcome Trust research Programme in Kilifi has been at the fore in understanding the spread of the leading virus in severe infant respiratory disease in households ultimately aiming at eliminating this problem.
It was an exciting couple of days at the Naivasha Salewa lodge in Kenya, where a workshop on public engagement, the first in Africa was held. The Wellcome Trust’s Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand-Laos, and Viet Nam were all represented at the 3 day workshop that took place from 7-8th of March 2017.
MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine scholars Tsi Njim and Mazvita Zanamwe have been awarded the Kellogg College Public Engagement with Research Award. These awards are given to students with a demonstrated commitment to community engagement and academic excellence.
KEMRI-Wellcome is a high-tech research programme based in Kilifi County, in rural Kenya. Alongside research like sequencing DNA or intensive analysis of population data, the programme actively engages the community.
On 14th February, the Faculty of Tropical Medicine (FTM), Mahidol University, Thailand hosted a Congratulations party to honour Professor Sir Nicholas J. White, FRS, OBE on the occasion of his receiving Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George from the United Kingdom for services to Tropical Medicine and Global Health. A ...
On 23-24 January 2017, the LINK programme held its first full team meeting hosted by Professor Bob Snow in Nairobi, Kenya. This was a valuable opportunity for the London and Nairobi-based team members to meet for an update on the programme and to jointly plan activities going forward.
A feedback dissemination meeting on the just concluded Nairobi newborn study took place on Monday 30th January and was attended by 75 delegates. Discussions were on: routine newborn care in newborn units, infrastructure and services available in health facilities, accessibility of drugs, newborn care in the maternity wards, material and human resource capacity, utilization of inpatient newborn services; and the quality of existing services.
In a first, scientists used computer simulations to identify the vaccines most likely to be effective against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of infant severe pneumonia worldwide.