MRCG showcases activities, achievements of scientists

Friday, June 22, 2018

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRCG) Wednesday organized a half day forum to showcase their activities and achievements of their scientists to the people at their Head office in Fajara.

During the event, participants were exposed to different activities of what MRCG do and its achievements through a conducted tour of all their 8 units.

Among the topics presented during the tour where Kangaroo mother care, malaria, TV, Nutrients and their sources, nutrition in pregnancy and early life, iron deficiency and Anaemia, among other related issues.

Director of the MRCG Dr. Umberto said the forum was organized to showcase their products, achievements and other related issues.  He said MRCG unit is committed to building its staff capacity and career development.

Dr. Umberto noted that the forum would take participants on a journey where they will be able to explore their research activities through interactive demonstrations and innovative info graphics.

Mafugi Dibba from MRCG also talked about training and capacity building, noting that the unit commits close to half a million pound each year to support staff training and career development including placements for learning and professional enrichment.

Mr. Dibba recalled that in 2016 and 2017, the unit supported 168 staff to undergo training for PHD, MSc/MPHil, BSc, foundation degree and certificate/diploma on other professional short-term courses that includes Epidemiology and Statistics, bioinformatics, quality management, bio banking, clinical trials and data management.

“During the same period over 320 individuals benefitted from our internship program, which is open to all individuals who aspire to gain experience in clinical, field or laboratory among other,” he noted.

Dr. Kevin Opondo presented on malaria, noting that great success has been reported in the last ten years with malaria deaths falling to below 1 million deaths.

Author: Fatou.B. Cham