Dr Karen Forest is leading major transformational change in health care delivery

Dr Karen Forrest is the Head of Clinical Services who plays a pivotal leadership role in strengthening the quality of health care delivery at the Clinical Services Department (CSD). Dr Forrest is an internal physician with a specialisation in gastroenterology. She obtained her medical qualifications at the University of Oxford and then did postgraduate training […]

Fatou Jaiteh currently pursuing a 4 year PhD

Fatou Jaiteh started working as a Social Scientist within the Disease, Control and Elimination Theme of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia in April 2015. With a background in biomedical science, public health, international development and medical anthropology her work involves conducting mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research as part of transdisciplinary projects focused […]

MRCG awarded highly competitive Medical Research Council Foundation Award

Award to pursue Evaluating novel diagnostics and enabling preventive measures for childhood tuberculosis between the United Kingdom (UK) and partners in Sub-Saharan Africa MRC Unit The Gambia’s Professor Beate Kampmann, Theme Leader, Vaccines and Immunity and co-investigator Dr Uzochukwu Egere have recently been awarded a highly competitive Medical Research Council (MRC) Foundation Award to pursue […]

Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Female Researchers

Dr Jayne Sutherland advocates the support of young female researchers in order to access top level positions. Dr Jayne Sutherland is currently Head of the Tuberculosis (TB) Research group at MRC Unit The Gambia, which provides a unique opportunity for multi-disciplinary research on TB using the long-running TB case-contact (TBCC) platform. The TBCC platform is […]

Clinical Services Department (CSD) embarks on Quality improvement in healthcare delivery

Transforming Healthcare delivery. Renowned for providing high quality care, the CSD recently 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 […]

Genomics Sequencing in The Gambia

MRCG to pilot sequencing samples directly in the field: at the heart of outbreaks MRC Unit The Gambia recently acquired two portable sequencing devices to pilot on field samples in the recently established Genomics Facility. These were provided as part of the continued collaboration between Oxford Nanopore and the Francis Crick Institute. The Oxford Nanopore […]

Installation of the Solar Power System

MRC Unit The Gambia has taken the first bold step to be install the biggest solar power generation system in Gambia. The solar panels harness the sun’s energy and convert to electrical power which will be fed directly into the MRCG Fajara internal distribution electrical system to augment and offset the consumption costs. This current […]

Delivering an Action Agenda for Nutrition Interventions Addressing Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Given their important relationships with medium- and long-term outcomes,adolescent nutritional behaviours are assuming considerable importance in nutrition interventions. A study on delivering an action agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescent girls and young women: priorities for implementation and research, was recently published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The study describes […]

MRCG becomes a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

In August 2017, the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for New Vaccines Surveillance (WHOCC NVS). This designation was primarily in recognition of the contributions of the Molecular Microbiology Group within the Vaccines and Immunity Theme at MRCG for the control of epidemic meningitis outbreaks in […]