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MODEC Incorporation and other partners have signed an MOU committing $250,000 towards health science research in Ghana.

This donation is specifically in support of the AMED J-GRID Project, a research collaboration between Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana and Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU).

MODEC and its partners - Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui E&S Holdings Co. Ltd., are jointly carrying out a long-term charter business for FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, deployed at the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (“TEN”) fields offshore Ghana.

According to Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang, Director NMIMR, University of Ghana, this is the first ever business donation of its kind to the research project in Ghana.

He explained that while NMIMR is a strategically important institute for health protection and delivery, corporate sponsorship was almost non-existent. “The donation by MODEC and partners is significant, meaningful, and very welcomed. It also fits with our goals of developing global partners”, he emphasised.

Mr. Kwabena Kwadade, (Legal & Compliance Manager MODEC) with Prof. Abraham Kwabena Anang, (Director, NMIMR, UG)

The AMED J-Grid project focuses on research into 3 main areas:

  1. Research into Diarrheal Diseases (the 2nd highest cause of hospital admission of children below 5 years in Ghana)
  2. Research into Dengue Fever (carried by the mosquito vector with high infection risk in Ghana) and
  3. Research on Ghanaian medicinal plants for the treatment of parasitic diseases such as Malaria, Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis.

The disbursement of the funds will be for the purchase of essential research reagents and advanced equipment that will strengthen research in terms of accuracy and impact.

The funds will help to broaden the sample size and quality of the various researches and will also help to carry out more pre-clinical and clinical trials (for the parasitic diseases) and expand surveillance sites in Ghana for comprehensive data collection.

“The funds can accommodate local needs and identified public health concerns”, said Ms. Mitsuko Ohashi, Manager of the AMED J-GRID project).

The Fund Partners (MODEC, Mitsui, Marubeni, MOL & Mitsui E&S) bring world class Japanese technology to their work on the TEN fields.

As Japanese companies, the partners believe that supporting medical research in Ghana further builds alignment between Japan and Ghana. The research will help with the development of treatments that will improve the health of Ghanaians and save lives.

“We are confident that the funds will be used assiduously and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with NMIMR, University of Ghana” remarked Mr. Kwabena Kwadade, Legal and Compliance Manager of MODEC subsidiary company in Ghana.The disbursement of the funds takes effect immediately while a summary research report shall be provided the donors after the end of the fiscal year.

 

About the Fund Partners

MODEC has been providing competitive floating solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry and is recognized as a leading specialist for floating production systems such as Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels and Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs). MODEC has an excellent track record of EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) as well as charter and operations projects. MODEC was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and commissioning of two (2) Ghanaian FPSOs, namely, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah for Jubilee field and the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, and has also been responsible for eventual operations of these FPSOs in Ghana.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 137 offices in 66 countries. Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects.

Marubeni is one of the Japanese leading trading companies with a total of 131 offices in 67 countries around the world. Marubeni’s business interests cover a broad range of sectors and extend to investment, development and management of energy and infrastructure projects on a global level.

MOL (Mitsui O.S.K Lines) is one of the world’s largest full-line marine transport groups with over 130 years’ experience in the world shipping industry. MOL leads the world shipping industry by responding to customers’ needs with a diversified business portfolio.

Mitsui E&S Group provides design, manufacturing and after-sales services in the area of energy and marine logistics. Mitsui E&S Group’s products are wide ranging, such as ships, engines for ships, industrial machinery, power generation plants, etc. MODEC is one of the group’s companies.

Mr. Jacob Arthur Quarm, a FELTP and Superintendent Technologist of the Department of Virology, and Mr. Charles Quaye, a Principal Research Assistant and Bio-Safety Officer of the Department of Parasitology, have been selected and trained as members of the Africa CDC Epidemic Response Team.

The purpose of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is to reduce sickness and death by improving prevention, detection, and response to public health threats. The AU Member States will be the direct beneficiaries of the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC, with the limited number of staff, will find it challenging responding to every member state’s request for outbreak/epidemic response. The Africa CDC is therefore rather establishing a well-trained surge of staff that can be mobilized and deployed when it is needed. This team will consist of an integrated team of subject matter experts in areas of epidemiology, laboratory, logistics, communication, environmental health, animal health, and incident management systems.

The Epidemic Response Team (ERT) will serve as an immediate available workforce for emergency response that is meant to respond to all public health events as they occur and could be deployed at very short notice to affected countries.

The training for Africa CDC Epidemic Response Team (ERT) Cohort II was held at the Africa Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14th to 18th May, 2018.

The Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy(IPTp): Evaluating the new strategy in Ghana" is a study, which was conducted from 2015 to 2016. This initiative  was carried out by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the School of Public Health (SPH) both of the University of Ghana (UG), the French Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Maamobi General Hospital; with the support of the French Embassy (Initiative five per cent Programme) .

The first phase of the study (€268,000) concentrated on urban populations and involved a sample of 2,000 women of which Ghana was one of the first countries to carry out the first phase experiments on a sample of 2000 women on the pilot sites of Maamobi and Kpone and the Kpone Katamanso District hospitals. Ghana is also one of many countries benefitting from the “five per cent initiative” that was launched by France at the end of 2011, as an indirect contribution to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the mechanism for preventing placental malaria in line with recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO) on preventive chemotherapy against malaria during pregnancy. Malaria during pregnancy is a common cause of maternal anaemia, abortions and intrauterine growth retardation.

H. E. Francois Pujolas, France Ambassador to Ghana  said the research project on the treatment of malaria in pregnancy is of  greatest importance", stating that the project had enabled the establishment of a collaborative network among the IRD, the researchers at the NMIMR, the SPH, health professionals and the policy makers in Ghana.

He added that the project, which was conducted on a sample of 2000 women on the pilot sites of Maamobi and Kpone Katamanso District Hospitals; was of the greatest importance as Malaria continues to represent one of the greatest public health challenges in Ghana, and was recognised as a serious obstacle to economic development.

Mr Francois however  indicated that data generated in the study would also serve as the baseline for future evaluation of the promising vaccine developed by IRD and its partners of Universities of Copenhagen in Denmark and Tübingen in Germany to better control placental malaria.

Professor Isabella Quakyi,  SPH, UG, impelled pregnant women to take advice given them during antenatal care very seriously to limit the probability of getting infected with malaria. She emphasized the need for pregnant women to take malaria education seriously as efforts were being made to protect pregnant women from malaria, since it created adverse conditions both for the child and the expecting mother. She mentioned that the effects of malaria on pregnant women include anaemia, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, circulatory collapse, hepatic failure, abortion among others. She noted that malaria was more common in pregnancy compared to the general population.

(from left: Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, H. E. Francois Pujolas, Professor Isabella Quakyi and Professor Abraham  Anang)

Speaking at the dissemination meeting, Professor Abraham Kwabena Anang, Director of NMIMR pointed out that developing global partnership that will break barriers is key and that he was excited about the fomidable team that has been built through the IPTp project. He lauded the French Embassy and IRD for strongly supporting the project. Professor Anang promised that NMIMR will work hard to furthur stregthen the team work since working as a team has helped tackle important health challenges in the country. He reiterated that the IPTp project has helped to offset dangerous effects of pregnancy related diseases.

Dr Salamatu Attah Nantogman, Acting Medical Superintendent of the Maamobi General Hospital, said evidence-based medicine had become the hall mark of clinical practice and was of the belief that Maamobi had a good mix of clients to carry out many more research projects. She stated that the impact of the collaboration had not only been in getting results, but also there was an increased number of staff trained in sample taking, and enhanced skill of their laboratory staff in blood film preparation and phlebotomy.

Dr Nantogman, who said their doors were opened to further collaborations in research, again pointed out that the intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) intake had improved and their antenatal care services had achieved a one stop shop status by virtue of a laboratory housed in the maternity unit.

 

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Nana Oye Aniapam , Research Development officer and Coordinator for the Office of Research Support at the Institute has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 SRAI RAMP Scholarship.

The mission of SRA International is to develop, define and promote international best practices in research management, administration, knowledge transfer and growth of the research enterprise. This being one of the key drivers identified in the strategic plan of the Society, the membership committee has introduced an invaluable opportunity for SRAI members: The Research Administrators Mobility Program (RAMP) Scholarship.

This newly established scholarship is designed to provide financial support in your endeavor at the Office if Sponsored Projects (OSP) at Yale University for the purpose of observing, learning and understanding more about the business operations and processes involved with sponsored projects at Yale University.

The Management and Staff of NMIMR congratulates Nana Oye on this achievement.

Ayekoo!!!

 

 

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) is a United States governmental initiative to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from the disease, primarily in Africa.

To celebrate fifteen (15) years of PEPFAR globally and ten (10) years in Ghana, awards were given out on Wednesday 16th May,2018  at a reception at the residence of the US Deputy Chief of Mission.

Prof. William Ampofo  a Professor and Head of Department of Virology was presented an award for his outstanding research work on HIV/AIDS in Ghana.

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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