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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 […]

Travel report of Anne-Sophie Heroes to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Travel report of Anne-Sophie Heroes to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Anne-Sophie Heroes traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo together with Gaëtan Van Aelst, ITM Clinical Trials Unit, and Justin Im, International Vaccine Institute, for a follow-up and monitoring visit of the THECA – TyVECO study, a Typhoid conjugate vaccine effectiveness study. 1) Since February 2022, children between 9 months and 16 years old […]

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 […]

Applications for our brand new post-graduate certificate courses are open

Applications for our brand new post-graduate certificate courses are open

Our postgraduate certificate courses focus on health challenges in vulnerable settings across the globe. The courses are characterised by a multidisciplinary and student-centred approach. We offer four short courses which can be combined in different ways to suit specific career aspirations. Each combination of minimum 20 ECTS will lead to a postgraduate certificate. More info […]

Set-up of study to develop a clinical prognostic tool to predict unfavorable treatment outcomes amongst Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) patients (including blood cultures)

Set-up of study to develop a clinical prognostic tool to predict unfavorable treatment outcomes amongst Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) patients (including blood cultures)

In January 2023, our colleagues Dr. Annelies Mondelaers and Dr. Saskia Van Henten from the Unit of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ITM) and Said Abdellati from the Clinical Reference Lab (ITM) started a new research project in Ethiopia. This prospective cohort study is supported by the DGD, under the FA5 Ethiopia framework, and will be performed […]

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 […]