PVS Randomisation Meeting at Basse Field Station, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

A randomisation meeting for the Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedules (PVS) study was held on Tuesday 27th March, 2018 at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Basse Field Station. The session had representatives from each of the 68 clusters in the study. Pa Chebou Saine, Head of Operations, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Basse Field Station […]

New Blood Test Found to Predict Onset of TB Up to Two Years in Advance

Tuberculosis, caused by infection with Myobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), is the world’s leading cause of death brought on by a single pathogen. More than 10 million new cases of TB are diagnosed each year, and almost two million people die from the disease. Globally, 1.7 billion people are estimated to be infected with M.tb. A new […]

Haddijatou Mbye PhD Student wins two awards at the H3Africa-PAMGEN meeting in Uganda

Haddijatou Mbye is one of the pioneers of MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM PhD fellows funded by the Wellcome Trust- DELTAS (Developing Excellence in Leadership Training and Science) project at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). She is enrolled at the department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University […]

Partnering to tackle disease across Africa

In March 2017, molecular biologist Martin Antonio was sitting at his desk in Fajara on The Gambian coast when he got an urgent call from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa headquarters. A deadly outbreak of meningitis had started 2,000 miles away in Zamfara State, Nigeria, and it was spreading rapidly. Scientists in the affected […]

Clinical Services Department embarks on Quality Improvement in Healthcare Delivery

Renowned for providing high quality care, the Clinical Service Department (CSD) launched a quality improvement programme, to continuously provide systematic changes to work that enables health care to be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. The improvements covers several aspects, including a patient satisfaction survey, the production of guidelines to standardize care and two […]

National Robotics Competition Finals

The National Robotics Competition finals was held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Fajara main site. Five schools, Marina International, Gambia High School, Methodist Academy, SBEC International and SOS High School competed in the finals. All five schools were tasked to […]

Post-doctoral Career Development Fellowship awarded to Dr Alansana Darboe

Dr Alansana Darboe, Post-doc working with the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) team in Vaccine & Immunity Theme (VIT) has been awarded a 2-year IMmunizing PRegnant women and INfants neTwork (IMPRINT)  Post-doctoral Career Development Fellowship worth £200 000 to investigate the interactions between maternal antibody transmitted via the placenta during pregnancy and neonatal innate immune […]

African women working in global health: closing the gender gap in Africa?

Improving global health and gender equality are integral components of the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. However, women in research are still under-represented. The lack of female researchers in sub-Saharan Africa reduces the diversity of scientific perspectives on gender dimensions of health, and curtails the ability of the society to advocate for maternal […]