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Report from GLOBVAC project visits to Ethiopia

PI Bernt Lintjørn and Wakgari Deressa show GLOBVAC Programme Board leader Peter Smith the available malaria drugs in a local health post nearby Ziway Lake (Foto: Karine Kålsås) In February this year, a team from the Programme for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) visited the projects to see the projects first-hand.

The first project found the team travelling to Lake Ziway, where we visited a project on insecticidal nets for preventing malaria. The project is led by Bernt Lindtjørn from the University of Bergen and Wakgari Deressa from Addis Ababa University. During the field site visit, the staff involved in the study were introduced, and GLOBVAC observed the trial routines and available medicines at the local health post.

Four of the projects GLOBVAC visited were based at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI). Left: Health extention worker in the field (influenca project) Top right: Nigus Zegeye explains his poster to the GLOBVAC Secretariat. Bottom left: PI Dominique Caugant in the MenAfriVac project (Foto: Karine Kålsås)

We learned about vaccination from seasonal influenza (Siri Mjaaland, National Institute of Public Health and Adane Mihret, AHRI).

The projects conducting basic medical laboratory research into meningococcal and tuberculosis diseases is run by Tone Tønjum, University of Oslo and Solomon Yimer, AHRI.

The meningococcal vaccines for Africa project (MenAfriVac) is run by Dominique Caugant, National Institute of Public Health and Abraham Assefa, AHRI. The GLOBVAC team was treated to a guided tour through AHRIs laboratories and buildings.

The project on hepatitis B in Ethiopia is run by PIs Asgeir Johannessen and Nega Berhe and aims to study the causes of liver disease and set up a program for treatment of chronic hepatitis B in a resource-limited setting.  

The research group in The Hepatitis B project led by PI Asgeir Johannessen, together with representatives of the GLOBVAC Secretariat and the GLOBVAC Programme Board. (Foto: Karine Kålsås)

The GLOBVAC team enjoyed an informative meeting with the Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia. The project visits gave the GLOBVAC team a good insight into the status and progression of the projects, as well as an understanding of challenges faced in the field.

See the full report HERE (PDF-1 292.4 KB) .

 

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