WAPHIR: paving the way for a sub-regional HIV research network

Recently, Dr Assan Jaye received the welcome news that he, together with colleagues from Dakar and Bissau, won a 1.8 million Canadian dollar capacity building grant from the Global Health Research Initiative, Canada. The West African bid was one of four that won funding; the other winners were from Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. The […]

MRC donates Farafenni Field Site to UTG

Friday 12th February 2010 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the long-standing partnership between the Medical Research Council and the University of The Gambia. In a ceremony attended by senior members of the Government, the British High Commissioner to The Gambia, the University’s Governing Council and MRC staff, the Medical Research Council […]

Gambia unit unveils new strategic direction

The MRC unit in The Gambia has outlined new plans for the next five years, which will include focusing its science on three new themed areas: Child Survival, Disease Control and Elimination, and Vaccines.

The Gambia: Leading the Fight against Pneumonia

Every 15 seconds, a child somewhere in the world dies of pneumonia. That’s 5,500 child deaths every day, and 2 million child deaths every year.* Thus, pneumonia is the biggest killer of children in the world. Despite this overwhelming statistic, pneumonia prevention and treatment strategies remain severely underfunded and are rarely mentioned in the news […]

Mosquito screens found to be cheap and effective in malaria prevention

Trials of a screen-based malaria prevention programme in 500 homes in The Gambia have led to a 50 per cent reduction in malaria transmission and anaemia in children. A child dies from malaria in Africa every 30 seconds and infection can lead to an increased risk of anaemia, which can also prove fatal. Yet screening […]

Changes at MRC (UK) The Gambia: An Update

Research across the world is changing due to large investments in science and innovation in developing economies. The emergence of new health research centres in West Africa and new funding bodies such as the Global Health Fund and the Gates Foundation means that MRC UK needs to ensure that its funding provides a unique contribution, […]

Malaria Elimination: Towards an Agenda for West Africa

The reported dramatic decline* in malaria in The Gambia over the last ten years has rekindled interest and hope in the possibility of eliminating the disease from the country. The Gambia’s neighbours are also experiencing declines and there is increasing interest in the development of a sub-regional elimination consortium.

Training for tomorrow’s science today

Human capacity building is at the root of everything MRC (UK) The Gambia wants to achieve; it underpins development in general and the scientific breakthroughs The Unit has enjoyed over several decades in particular.

Health & Safety: It’s Everyone’s Business

According to WHO figures, road traffic injuries account for 1.2 million deaths each year, and every fifteen seconds a worker dies somewhere in the world from a work related accident. A disproportionate number of these casualties occur in the developing world.

Malaria falls significantly in The Gambia

Over the past five years, malaria prevalence has declined dramatically in The Gambia. The findings which appear in the Lancet* raise the possibility of eliminating malaria as a public health problem in parts of Africa.