MRC Festival 2019 Presenter Series: Dr. Uduak Okomo, Saving Newborns from Infections

Dr. Uduak Okomo will discuss how newborns get infection, the types of serious infections in newborns, and what we do when infection is suspected; and finally, how we can prevent newborns from getting infection. Her work focuses on better measurement of and reduction in the burden of maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. Serious […]

Dr Uduak Okomo

  Jump to ↓   Selected Key Publications     Research Interests     Projects    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Okomo is a paediatrician and epidemiologist with over 15 years of clinical experience in childhood infectious disease. She obtained her medical degree in Nigeria, and paediatric training in Nigeria and The Gambia. She is a Fellow of the […]


The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine held its annual Director’s Awards on 16th December 2020. The event is organised every year to recognise the exceptional contributions of staff at the Unit. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unit staged a virtual award ceremony on Zoom […]

World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century

Sepsis and Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are recognised global health problems, both contributing to the enormous human, medical, and economic burden of infectious diseases. Sepsis occurs mostly in response to an underlying infection – either a primary infection or from infectious complications of injuries and non-communicable diseases. An estimated 48.9 million people worldwide are affected by […]


Wu L, Mwesigwa J, Affara M, Bah M, Correa S, Hall T, Singh SK, Beeson JG, Tetteh KKA, Kleinschmidt I, D’Alessandro U, Drakeley C Antibody responses to a suite of novel serological markers for malaria surveillance  demonstrate strong correlation with clinical and parasitological infection across  seasons and transmission settings in The Gambia  BMC Med  25 […]

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 […]

Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health A cross‐cutting theme and a significant part of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM research portfolio already addresses pressing research questions related with maternal, neonatal and child health. More specifically, the DCE Theme has been working on an intervention to prevent among pregnant women carriage of bacteria commonly causing […]

Dr Anna Roca

  Jump to ↓   Selected Key Publications     Research Interests     Projects    Programme Leader and Deputy Theme Leader Disease Control and Elimination Theme Dr Anna Roca is an infectious disease epidemiologist with significant experience leading research groups in Southern and Western Africa. She has served in several international pneumonia experts groups; including WHO, BMGF, […]