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Launch of the ARCH International Training Programme funded by VLIR-UOS and DGD

Launch of the ARCH International Training Programme funded by VLIR-UOS and DGD

The International Training Programme (ITP) on Antimicrobial Resistance Containment  in Hospital settings (ARCH) in West Africa, funded by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) and the Belgian Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD), was launched in September 2023 and will run until August 2026. This ITP is a collaboration between the KU Leuven (Leuven University, Belgium; […]

Four newly graduated PhD researchers in the Unit of Tropical Bacteriology, congratulations!

Four newly graduated PhD researchers in the Unit of Tropical Bacteriology, congratulations!

In December 2023, a big milestone was reached for four PhD researchers of the Unit of Tropical Bacteriology: the public defense of their PhD thesis at KU Leuven. Congratulations to the newly graduated doctors in Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Palpouguini Lompo, Dr. Dadi Falay, Dr. Anne-Sophie Heroes and Dr. Bieke Tack! Read the picture captions to […]

New blood culture surveillance sites started in DR Congo: two hospitals in Vanga and Kikwit!

New blood culture surveillance sites started in DR Congo: two hospitals in Vanga and Kikwit!

In August 2023, Immaculée Kahindo and Edmonde Bonebe from Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) travelled to Vanga and Kikwit with laboratory equipment and consumables as part of the DGD (Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid) funded multi-year programme between INRB and ITM. In Hôpital Evangélique C.B.CO-Vanga and in Centre Hospitalier Témoins de […]

Growth of Gram-negative bacteria in antiseptics, disinfectants and hand hygiene products in two hospitals in West Africa

Growth of Gram-negative bacteria in antiseptics, disinfectants and hand hygiene products in two hospitals in West Africa

Check out Palpouguini Lompo‘s important findings in his newest paper in Pathogens  Antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products can act as reservoirs of Gram-negative bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections. This problem is rarely documented in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In a cross-sectional survey, we assessed the bacterial contamination of antiseptics, disinfectants, and […]

Global genomic analysis of Salmonella Concord reveals lineages with high antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia

Global genomic analysis of Salmonella Concord reveals lineages with high antimicrobial resistance in Ethiopia

Wim Cuypers published this interesting paper in Nature Communications! Antimicrobial resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Concord (S. Concord) is known to cause severe gastrointestinal and bloodstream infections in patients from Ethiopia and Ethiopian adoptees, and occasional records exist of S. Concord linked to other countries. The evolution and geographical distribution of S. Concord remained unclear. Here, […]

Field visit to close our 3 clinical studies (HIT BSI, DeNTS & TreNTS) in Kisantu Hospital, DRC

Field visit to close our 3 clinical studies (HIT BSI, DeNTS & TreNTS) in Kisantu Hospital, DRC

Bieke Tack visited the team at the Kisantu Hospital, DRC, to close our 3 clinical studies (HIT BSI, DeNTS & TreNTS), run between February 2021 and July 2022. Applause for & big thanks to the on-site study team for their dedicated & hard work to collect data from 2738 children!

After three weeks at sea, the production container is at its final destination

After three weeks at sea, the production container is at its final destination

After 3 weeks at sea and 2 weeks in the port of Cotonou, our production container arrived at its final destination. Our partner in Benin, Centre National Hospitalier et Universitaire de Pneumo-Phtisiologie (CNHU-PPC), is currently finalising the surrounding constructions works, after which we can start production soon. By the end of September, the ITM project […]

Workshop on Outbreak Investigation Neonatology Mozambique

Workshop on Outbreak Investigation Neonatology Mozambique

Together with our partners from the Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS) in Mozambique and the Hospital Geral de Mavalane, Maputo, Mozambique, and the Ministry of Health Mozambique we have organized a workshop to investigate a hospital infection outbreak using a skillslab im June 2022.