MRCG at LSHTM and WHO Host Bacteriology and EQAP Surveillance and Laboratory Training Workshop

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, hosted the Paediatric Bacterial Meningitis (PMB) Bacteriology and External Quality Assurance Program (EQAP) Surveillance and Laboratory Training Workshop in The Gambia, from 28th October to 1st November 2019.  The training was attended […]

MRCG at LSHTM Hosts First Artificial Intelligence for Health Workshop

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine hosted its first workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Health, at the Unit’s Bray Lecture Theatre from 28th to 29th October 2019. The two-day workshop was conceived to create awareness on data-driven methods that are applicable to health research, and […]

MRCG at LSHTM Inaugurates Biggest Solar Power Generation System in The Gambia

In a historic celebration, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine inaugurated its 501.33 Kwp Solar PV System on 30th November 2019, at its Fajara campus. The inauguration, organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, celebrated […]

MRCG at LSHTM Holds Open Day on PRIMORDIAL Study Trial

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine held an Open Day at the Brikama District Hospital on 9th October 2019, sensitise hospital staff, community leaders, local authorities, journalists and the community on the Pregnancy Interventions in Mothers Relating to Diabetes in Asian India and Low-income countries […]

MRCG at LSHTM Team Receive Grand Challenges Exploration Award

Dr. Thushan de Silva, Dr. Abdul Karim Sesay, Helen Brotherton, and Prof. Beate Kampmann of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have received a Grand Challenges Exploration Award to develop a novel metagenomic approach to detect infectious pathogens in hospitalised preterm neonates in The Gambia. […]

Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedules Study Begins

​The Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedules (PVS) study, is a 4 year collaborative study between MRCG at LSHTM and the Ministry of Health (MoH) The study aims to evaluate an alternative schedule for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) compared to the current schedule. All resident infants (birth cohort ~10,000) in the Basse (URR) and Fuladu West (CRR) Demographic […]

Infections that cause malaria in humans spread long distance by human migration across The Gambia

Malaria has declined significantly in The Gambia and determining transmission dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum may help better targeting control interventions towards its elimination, according to research published in Scientific Reports. Malaria remains a significant health problem across most of Africa, despite gains made in reducing burden across most countries. To sustain these gains and accelerate […]

Wide Equity Gaps Persist in Many West African Countries Despite Progress in Increasing access and utilization of Immunisation Services for Children

Despite the introduction of an increasing number of vaccines to the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), and huge government and development partners’ investments, many children globally continue to go unvaccinated by their first birthday or never complete the recommended schedule. In sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in West Africa, vaccination coverage rates are lower than in other […]

Largest systematic review of neonatal infection aetiology and AMR from sub-Saharan Africa reveals need for better reporting and improved surveillance

Hospital-acquired neonatal infections and AMR are a major burden in sub-Saharan Africa, and improved surveillance is required, according to a new review of 151 studies comprising data from 84534 neonates from 26 countries, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Serious bacterial infections in newborn babies – sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia – are a leading cause […]

Genomics of S. aureus following oral intrapartum azithromycin

Globally, more than 2.5 million neonatal deaths occur every year, and a third of these deaths are caused by severe bacterial diseases, which often present as sepsis. In sub-Saharan Africa, neonatal sepsis is caused primarily by Gram-positive bacteria with Staphylococcus aureus often associated with these infections. Oral azithromycin (AZI) prophylaxis has been shown to be […]