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Lompo et al., 2023. Bacterial Contamination of Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Hand Hygiene Products Used in Healthcare Settings in Low- and Middle-Income Countries—A Systematic Review

Lompo et al., 2023. Bacterial Contamination of Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Hand Hygiene Products Used in Healthcare Settings in Low- and Middle-Income Countries—A Systematic Review

We conducted a systematic review of healthcare-associated outbreaks and cross-sectional surveys related to the contamination of antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand hygiene products in healthcare settings in low- and middle-income countries (PROSPERO CRD42021266271). Risk of bias was assessed by selected items of the ORION and MICRO checklists. From 1977 onwards, 13 outbreaks and 25 cross-sectional surveys […]

Responsible dissemination of health and medical research: an interview (24/01/2023)

Responsible dissemination of health and medical research: an interview (24/01/2023)

Watch the video on Research Integrity an interview on 24/01/2023 by Jan Jacobs, Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) Commission for research integrity; with Raffaella Ravinetto, chair of the ITM Institutional Review Board and Jerome A. Singh University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto on their publication: […]

Massou et al., 2023. Laboratory-on-a-ship: a microbiology culture media production facility in a sea container for local production in low-resource settings

Massou et al., 2023. Laboratory-on-a-ship: a microbiology culture media production facility in a sea container for local production in low-resource settings

Do you want to know more of the why, what, where of our SIMBLE production container “laboratory-on-a-ship”? It is now featured in Lancet Microbe.

Tack et al., 2023. Health itinerary-related survival of children under-five with severe malaria or bloodstream infection, DR Congo

Tack et al., 2023. Health itinerary-related survival of children under-five with severe malaria or bloodstream infection, DR Congo

Bieke Tack and team from Kisantu, DR Congo, and many other partners (DR Congo: Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc de Kisantu, Zone de Santé Kisantu, INRB Kinshasa, University Teaching Hospital of Kinshasa, Belgium: KU Leuven, University Hospitals UZ Leuven, Republic of Korea: International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, United Kingdom: University of Cambridge School of Clinical […]

Tableaux des points critiques cliniques de l’EUCAST et du CLSI

Tableaux des points critiques cliniques de l’EUCAST et du CLSI

The new EUCAST breakpoints for 2023 are available and the disk diffusion guidelines were also updated. The disc diffusion method is validated for 6-mm paper disks. Note from us: As we use the Rosco disks of 9 mm), however on the Rosco website, they confirm that the Neo-Sensitabs can be used according to CLSI and […]

Heroes et al., 2023. Presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on the skin of blood donors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Heroes et al., 2023. Presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on the skin of blood donors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Transfusion, First published: 07 December 2022, DOI: (10.1111/trf.17196)

Skin bacteria may contaminate blood products but few data are available on sub-Saharan Africa (sSA). We assessed the presence of Gram-negative bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus on blood donor skin and evaluated skin antisepsis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Main findings: 43.8% of 160 blood donors had Gram-negative bacteria growing on the arm’s […]

Tack et al., 2022. Editorial: Collaborative partnerships as a solution for poor access to essential antimicrobial medicines: what can we learn from the chlorhexidine gel example?

Tack et al., 2022. Editorial: Collaborative partnerships as a solution for poor access to essential antimicrobial medicines: what can we learn from the chlorhexidine gel example?

How tackle low antimicrobial access & prevent AMR deaths? Are collaborative partnerships a solution? In this editorial, We used chlorhexidine gel for neonatal cord care as an example to discuss the need for regulatory harmonization, the opportunities & barriers of transfer of production to LMICs and the importance of quality & safety monitoring.

Practical notes – Tropical Bacteriology- Postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health

Practical notes – Tropical Bacteriology- Postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health

The updated version of the Practical notes – Tropical Laboratory – Postgraduate course in Tropical Medicine and International Health is online

Tack et al., 2022. Epidemiological cut-off value and antibiotic susceptibility test methods for azithromycin in a collection of multi-country invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella

Tack et al., 2022. Epidemiological cut-off value and antibiotic susceptibility test methods for azithromycin in a collection of multi-country invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella

Good news! Interpretative criteria (ECOFF) for azithromycin MIC (16mg/l) & disk diffusion (12mm) in typhoid fever are valid for non-typhoidal Salmonella too! New publication in collaboration with many partners!