CHAMPS-Ethiopia, January 2018

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CHAMPS - Ethiopia, January 2018

The following is a news report from CHAMPS Ethiopia. Read on to learn about their recent progress and future programmatic steps.


Some of our recent visitors have had great views of 20-30 hyenas just outside town, which these girls were having fun watching too.

It is the warm, dry season in Harar, and we send sunshine to our colleagues and friends in cooler climes, particularly those who haven't yet had chance to visit us! Our team has also been out and about, with some members joining the CHAMPS Network Meeting in Maputo, Mozambique in November and others visiting KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. We have also had some important firsts, including the first meeting of our scientific advisory committee in Addis Ababa, the first delivery of laboratory equipment to Harar, and the first member of our team to successfully defend her PhD. Congratulations Dr Caroline Ackley!

Reviewing progress for laboratory infrastructure (here the septic tank site), with Prof Lars Ake Persson from LSHTM who is based at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and came to visit the site in November.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) hosted our first national scientific advisory committee meeting, which includes representatives from EPHI as well as the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), the Ministry of Health, CDC-Ethiopia, BMGF-Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, Haramaya University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Many thanks to all for their support and involvement.

Professor John Blevins came to support our social science team to develop our community engagement strategy and a programme of work, at the start of December.

Dr. Letta Gedefa, Dr. Nardos Teferi and Dr. Stefanie Wittmann visited our colleagues at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme to learn from their experience and expertise in clinical surveillance and research. Many thanks to KWTRP for organising such an an enjoyable and informative trip.

We had our first delivery of laboratory equipment! The QuantStudio7 to process our Taqman Array Cards (TAC) arrived, as well as the GeneXpert.


What is coming up?

  • We will be hosting members of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme information technology team in January.
  • Team members will go to Mozambique for training in minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS) in January.
  • Our two histopathology laboratory technicians will be going to IS Global, in Barcelona, Spain for histopathology training in February.


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