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 […]

Professor Tumani Corrah Awarded Honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen

Professor Tumani Corrah, Emeritus Director of the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been appointed honorary Knight Commander of the the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his services to medical research in sub-Saharan Africa. The award was presented by Her […]

Fatou Joof wins 2019 L’Oréal- UNESCO Young Talent Award for Sub-Saharan Africa

Fatou Joof, PhD student under the Nutrition Theme at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is one of twenty (20) winners of the 2019 L’Oréal- UNESCO Young Talent Award for Sub-Saharan Africa for Women in Science. Ms. Joof was recognised for her research on ‘Developing […]

Heat exposure of pregnant women linked to earlier births

A new study published in Nature Climate Change suggests that pregnant women who are exposed to hot weather are more likely to give birth earlier, which could affect infant health. In an analysis of daily weather compared to daily birth rates in the United States, researchers have found an association between extreme heat and increased […]