Category: AMR

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kalonji et al., 2023. Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella from stool samples of healthy human carriers are genetically similar to blood culture isolates: a report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kalonji et al., 2023. Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella from stool samples of healthy human carriers are genetically similar to blood culture isolates: a report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

As part of her doctoral research, Lisette Mbuyi-Kalonji has published an article on the presence of non-typhoidal Salmonella in stool samples and the link with blood culture isolates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a microbiologist at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale and Cliniques Universitaires inKinshasa, and a doctoral researcher at the […]

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 […]

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 […]