MRC hosts 2nd International Workshop on Fieldworkers

IFW bannerSponsored by MRC Unit The Gambia/MRC UK, INDEPTH Network and KEMRI- Wellcome Trust Research Programme; MRC Unit The Gambia will be hosting the 2nd international Fieldworkers’ workshop slated for 2nd to 4th November 2015.The broad objective of the workshop is to develop a framework for a generic Training Curiculum for Health Research Fieldworkers across Africa.

The workshop will attract Health Research Fieldwork managers and Training managers from Ten different African countries. The international participants will converge from different Reseach Centers, including; Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, South Africa; KEMRI- Wellcome Trust Reasech Programme, Kenya; Kintampo Reseach Health Centre, Ghana; Ifakara Health Research Institute, Tanzania; Burkina Faso National Centre for Research and Training on Malaria, Burkina Faso; Malaria Research Training Centre, Mali; Dodowa Health Research Centre, Ghana; NUHDSS/APHRC, Kenya; MRC Head Office, UK; Pan Africa Institute for Development, Cameroon; Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ethiopia; MRC/UVRI, Uganda; Nahuche HDSS, Nigeria; BANDIM Project, Guinea Bissau; Iganga/ Mayuge HDSS, Uganda; Gilgel Gibe HDSS, Ethiopia; Nanoro, Burkina Faso and Malawi Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Reseach Programme, Malawi.

“Fieldworkers are essential for the collection of high quality data and the success of field-based research projects. The importance of having well-trained fieldworkers is shown by the interest raised in this workshop as it will be attended by several well-established research centres/institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. A common training curriculum will be extremely beneficial as it will standardise field-based practices and thus, increase the quality of research outputs. In addition, it may offer opprotunities for collaboration between the participating institutions”.

To mark the launching of the workshop, Honourable Dr Omar Sey, Minister for Health & Social Welfare and the Director of Health Services, Dr Samba Ceesay are expected grace this auspicious occasion.

This workshop will be published in Local Newspapers and aired on Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS).

Further Information:
Sheikh Mafuji Dibba, MRC Staff Development and Training Coordinator, +220 4495222
Adam Drammeh, MRC Junior Administrative Assistant, Learning and Development, +220 4495226
Umberto D’Alessandro, MRC Unit Director, +220 4495917