The Noguchi Memorial Institute hosted the launch of a new project on the Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Malaria in Pregnancy (IPTp) on Friday, 6thJune 2015. The project, known as IPTp - Assessing the new Implementation Strategy in Ghana and referred to as the “Expert Mission”, is funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be conducted by researchers from the Institute, the School of Public Health (SPH), University of Ghana and the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) in Paris, France. The overall objective is, to conduct an interdisciplinary assessment of the implementation of IPTp in Ghana, including the recent amendment to administer 5 doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) during pregnancy. The project also purposes to assess coverage and adherence, determinants of treatment failures and the beneficial effects of the programme.
Africa is a large and rapidly growing market for research, as seen in the number of funding opportunities that are open to researchers. Despite the multiple benefits of research to many emerging economies, Africa is very different from the other continents in that majority of its funding comes from outside the continent.
For the above reasons, and to further sensitize the West African research community on research and innovation issues, WARIMA is organising its9th International Conference and Workshops on the theme “Research and Innovation for Human Development: Role of National Institutions in Addressing Threats in Emerging Economies”.
The Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Kiyoshi Kodera on Saturday 23rd May, 2015 paid a courtesy call to the Institute.
He was welcomed by Prof. Ben Gyan, Acting Director of the Institute and some selected Senior Research Fellows.
His visit was to familiarize himself with the work done in the Institute and also to strengthen the existing bond between JICA and NMIMR. He was highly appreciative of the research work being done and he hoped that the Institute will be raised to be the center of excellence for Research Institution in the sub region.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s,Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Lagos, Nigeria) together with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has organized a Global Health Workshop in Ghana. The workshop took place at the conference hall of NMIMR.
The workshop which seeks to bring together experts from the USA, Ghana & Nigeria and a select group of physicians, epidemiologists and nurses (from Ghana and Nigeria) to identify priority areas for collaborative research, training and enhancing screening prevention and therapy of breast, cervical as well as prostate cancer, took place from the 4th to 6th of May 2015.
The Institute witnessed a high-powered delegation of thirty (30) Germans to the institute on the 8th of April, 2015. His Excellency Hermann GROCHE and His Excellency Dr. Gerd MULLER Ministers for Health and Economic Cooperation & Development respectively of the Federal Republic of Germany had a joint familiarization tour to the Institute. They were accompanied by their aide and members of German Federal Parliament. There was also a high media presence from Germany.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the challenges the Health Systems and Medical Research in West Africa face in the framework of the current Ebola crisis, but also beyond the immediate problems.
An end of year staff durbar was held on December 24, 2014, which was in line with the tradition since the inception of the Institute in 1979. What made this particular durbar unique was the introduction of awards for best research assistants and technicians. The Director of the Institute in announcing the awards stated that this will be an annual affair and that another category will be created for supporting staff in 2015.