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Workshop on AMR at the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro, Burkina Faso

Workshop on AMR at the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro, Burkina Faso

Palpouguini Lompo, a research partner of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (ITM), and his team organized a workshop on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on 26th and 27th of March 2024 at the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (CRUN), Burkina Faso. The topics covered by these workshops were: the definition, causes, consequences of AMR and what […]

Hanumunthado et al, 2024. VacciNTS paper on Salmonella Vaccine Study in Oxford (SALVO trial)

Hanumunthado et al, 2024. VacciNTS paper on Salmonella Vaccine Study in Oxford (SALVO trial)

VacciNTS published a paper on a first-in-human study of a novel vaccine against invasive non-Typhi Salmonella Introduction Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonellosis (iNTS) is mainly caused by Salmonella enterica serovars Typhimurium and Enteritidis and is estimated to result in 77 500 deaths per year, disproportionately affecting children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonellae serovars are increasingly acquiring […]

Marks et al., 2024. Incidence of typhoid fever in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, and Nigeria (the Severe Typhoid in Africa programme): a population-based study

Marks et al., 2024. Incidence of typhoid fever in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, and Nigeria (the Severe Typhoid in Africa programme): a population-based study

Read the latest paper by Florian Marks and Justin Im Background: Typhoid Fever remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in low-income settings. The Severe Typhoid in Africa programme was designed to address regional gaps in typhoid burden data and identify populations eligible for interventions using novel typhoid conjugate vaccines. Methods: A hybrid design, hospital-based […]

Meet Jens Cornelis, our PhD candidate working on the SIMBLE project and ENERGISE project.

Meet Jens Cornelis, our PhD candidate working on the SIMBLE project and ENERGISE project.

In August 2023, Jens Cornelis started his PhD at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) and Ghent University (UGent). Jens’ work will be part of both the SIMBLE project and the newly started ENERGISE project. During his PhD he will work mainly on the turbidimeter, a diagnostic device for detecting bloodstream infections developed […]

Blood culture cost survey in low- and middle-income countries – invitation to participate

Blood culture cost survey in low- and middle-income countries – invitation to participate

A survey on the cost of blood cultures in low- and middle-income countries is being conducted by The Unit of Tropical Bacteriology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. We are contacting individuals working in health care settings in low- and middle-income countries to request their participation. The aim of this anonymous online survey is […]

Lompo et al., 2024. Knowledge, awareness, and risk practices related to bacterial contamination of antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products among healthcare workers in sub-saharan Africa

Lompo et al., 2024. Knowledge, awareness, and risk practices related to bacterial contamination of antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products among healthcare workers in sub-saharan Africa

Read the latest paper by Palpouguini Lompo Background: Antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products can be contaminated with bacteria and cause healthcare-associated infections, which are underreported from low- and middle-income countries. To better understand the user-related risk factors, we conducted a knowledge, awareness, and practice survey among hospital staff in sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, […]

Doctor Fiorella Krapp López from Peru defended her PhD at ITM

Doctor Fiorella Krapp López from Peru defended her PhD at ITM

Congratulations to the newly graduated doctor in Biomedical Sciences, Fiorella Krapp López. She defended her PhD last Friday, 15th of March, at ITM. Her PhD thesis is entitled Hospital-based surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria in Peru. Read more about her research in the following publications: Krapp et al., 2023. Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance […]

Check out the “Filariasis months” (March-April 2024) by Idzi Potters!

Check out the “Filariasis months” (March-April 2024) by Idzi Potters!

March and April 2024 are Filariasis Months courtesy of Idzi Potters on parasitewonders.blogspot.com. Once a week, a new case is posted online. Share your thoughts in the comments and try to come up with the right identification. You may want to brush up on your filariae/microfilariae diagnostic skills in preparation. Here are a few resources to […]

New versions of CLSI and EUCAST AST breakpoint tables (2024)

New versions of CLSI and EUCAST AST breakpoint tables (2024)

New versions of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) breakpoint tables have been released for 2024. The latest version of the EUCAST breakpoint tables is version 14, while for CLSI it is M100 ED34:2024. To access the latest versions of these breakpoints click the link […]

How a medical center in Benin is helping the world in the battle against antibiotic resistance

How a medical center in Benin is helping the world in the battle against antibiotic resistance

Professor Dissou Affolabi, senior researcher at the Reference Laboratory for Mycobacteria in Cotonou, Benin, is part of the global effort to combat antibiotic resistance. In collaboration with the Belgian Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, professor Affolabi’s team studies bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance. They also install and train other diagnostic laboratories in Benin […]