The Gambia Records Third Confirmed Case of COVID-19

24 March 2020 On 23rd March 2020, we tested a third positive case of COVID-19 in The Gambia. The patient has been moved from their residence in Basse, where they were self-isolating, and is currently isolated at our specialist clinic in Fajara. We wish them well in their recovery. We are supporting the Ministry of […]

First COVID-19 Death Recorded in The Gambia

23 March 2020 We have tested a second positive sample of COVID-19 at our specialist secure laboratories in Fajara. This test forms part of the Unit’s ongoing support to the Ministry of Health during the coronavirus outbreak. The Unit is supporting the Ministry of Health to rapidly identify any contacts the patient had. Those identified […]

Statement: Patient Confidentiality at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

20 March 2020 The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is aware of information circulating on social media and a local radio station, linked to the distribution of a supposed photo of the isolated COVID-19 patient in our Fajara Clinic. We inform the general public that […]

Information on COVID-19 Testing at the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM

18 March 2020 The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is the only testing centre for COVID-19 in the country. However, our facilities are not open to walk-in requests for testing at the moment. COVID19 testing is facilitated by our partners at the Ministry of Health. […]

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 In The Gambia

17 March 2020 A confirmed case of COVID-19 is in isolation and receiving excellent care at our specialist clinic in Fajara. We wish them well in their recovery. We are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus, including the sanitisation of buildings. We are supporting the Ministry of […]

Dr Esin Nkereuwem awarded a Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowship from the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

Dr Esin Nkereuwem, a Research Clinician in the Vaccines & Immunity Theme at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia, has been awarded a Global Health Clinical Research Training Fellowship to carry out an assessment of post-tuberculosis lung function in Gambian children. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading infectious disease globally and continues to occur in […]

Statement on False Social Media Information on Corona Virus Prevention in The Gambia

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is aware of information circulating on social media in The Gambia, attributing the recommendation for the consumption of garlic as a preventive measure against the Corona Virus to ‘a staff of MRC’. We wish to inform the general public […]

Equity of resource flows for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: are those most in need being left behind?

Achieving the ambitious aim of “leaving no woman, no child, no adolescent behind” in the push towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires adequate resources, that are distributed fairly. The international community must focus on countries and populations within them with the highest needs. Both external donors and country governments must […]

Contextualising the coronavirus outbreak: a comparative mapping tool

A new mapping tool created by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine tracks the history of the novel coronavirus and other recent outbreaks, helping place daily headlines in context. We have been trying to keep up with the novel coronavirus ever since it started grabbing global headlines last month. At the time of […]