Support for three laboratories researching and detecting NTDs
- Ghana Country
- 222.124 € Investment
- 2018-22 Length
Medical research is also conducted in African laboratories.
We carry forward work conducted by three of the main laboratories in Ghana that detect NTDs: the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), the Chemistry Department at the University of Ghana (UG) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
- We train technical laboratory staff and staff working in hospitals in different Ghanaian districts.
- We improve diagnosis confirmations and foster their quality control.
- We strengthen the supervision of work to handle and label samples under WHO standards.
- We support the procurement of laboratory material and equipment used in analyses and diagnoses.
Research is key to reducing the impact of NTDs in contexts of impoverishment.
By supporting local labs, we manage to speed up and improve sample analyses that allow cases to be detected and to carry out early treatment for people who may be affected by NTDs.
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