MRC holds open day at Serrekunda Health Centre

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit-The Gambia over the weekend held an open day at the Serekunda Health Centre to sensitise the community about the new study, pregnAnz1- 2 trial.

The open day was with the theme;“A new intervention to improve maternal and child health.”

The aimed of these PregnAnZ1-2 trials was to address a global health priority by improving maternal and neonatal health.

The new trial has been designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention in reducing neonatal mortality.

To accomplish this goal, the trial aims to recuit 12,500 women during labour, half of them in The Gambia and the other half in Burkina Faso.

The recruitment of study participants is expected to start in August 2017, and will last for approximately three years.

The open day ceremony was an exciting opportunity to engage with the community to inform them about these potential new interventions for improvements in maternal and child health.

In delivering a speech on the occasion, the director of health services Dr Momodou Lamin Waggeh, said the day was meant to commemorate an initiative striving to ease the burden of disease in the communities, especially in those vulnerable populations  such as  mothers and infants.

He said the new intervention was for decreasing maternal and neonatal infection as well as improving maternal and child health.

“This intervention is being investigated through a study undertaken by the MRC at the Serrekunda Health Cenre and Bundung Maternal and Child Hospital,” he said.

According to Mr Waggeh, the trial was a testament to the longstanding collaboration between the government of The Gambia, the MRC and the broader community.

Also speaking was the MRC Unit-The Gambia director, Prof Umberto D. Alessandre, who commended the community of Serrekunda, staff of Serrekunda Health Centre and the National Assembly member for the area for supporting the project within their community.

He said the whole idea of the project was to see how to support the mothers to protect the child and reduce maternal mortality.

He said the aim was to make MRC-The Gambia as the hub for training in the whole West African region.