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 […]

Inauguration of MRCG at LSHTM’s 501.33 kWp Solar PV System

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and UNIDO, will inaugurate its 501.33 kWp Solar PV System on 30th November 2019, at its Fajara campus. The Project is implemented by the MRCG at LSHTM, as part of the UNIDO/GEF 5 project: “Greening the productive […]

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 […]

Long-distance transmission patterns modelled from SNP barcodes of Plasmodium falciparum infections in The Gambia

Malaria has declined significantly in The Gambia and determining transmission dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum can help targeting control interventions towards elimination. This can be inferred from genetic similarity between parasite isolates from different sites and timepoints. Here, we imposed a P. falciparum life cycle time on a genetic distance likelihood model to determine transmission paths […]

Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance in Niger: Increased Importance of Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup C, and a Decrease in Streptococcus pneumoniae Following 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Introduction

BACKGROUND: Meningitis is endemic in Niger. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine and the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) were introduced in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Vaccination campaign against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A was carried out in 2010-2011. We evaluated changes in pathogen distribution using data from hospital-based surveillance in Niger from 2010 through 2016. […]

Aetiology of invasive bacterial infection and antimicrobial resistance in neonates in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis in line with the STROBE-NI reporting guidelines

BACKGROUND: Aetiological data for neonatal infections are essential to inform policies and programme strategies, but such data are scarce from sub-Saharan Africa. We therefore completed a systematic review and meta-analysis of available data from the African continent since 1980, with a focus on regional differences in aetiology and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the past decade […]