The final aim of this research will be to provide new strategies and tools to detect schistosomiasis in a context in which the estimated current prevalence is below 10%. This project will provide a proof of principle of new possible approaches in alternative to blanket mass drug administration in view of the elimination of schistosomiasis and possibly other worm infections in Burundi.
Principal investigator: Van geertruyden Jean-Pierre
Strengthening the quality of the training and increase human resources in the priority sectors as basic sciences and pharmacy, rural development, medicine, and human rights, Informatics & computer Technology
- Support to research in basic sciences and pharmacy
- Rural development and food security in the provinces of Kayanza and Ngozi
- New Technologies of Information and Communication
- Contribution to improvement of training, medical research in community health care
- Support to capacity building for teaching and research in the faculty of law
Flemish Interuniversity Research (VLIR-UOS)
Total amount of funding:
+/- € 3.0 million (* 0.6 M for Community Health project)
Role of EfGHI:
Prof Van geertruyden is co-investigator (Project leader of Community Health project) (PI: S. Vandeginste)
University of Burundi (Prof J. Ndikubagenzi),
UAntwerpen (Profs. H. Bastiaens, J.P. Bogers, Y. Jaquemyn),
UGent (Profs D. Vanden Broeck, P. Kolsteren)
*limited to Community Health project,
HPV is the main, almost unique cause of cervix carcinoma in adult women. Unfortunately, currently, many African countries lack comprehensive data on the circulating HPV types and Africa may harbor a variety of unexplored circulating HPV types which are uniquely distributed in various cancers and benign lesions.
This NSS initiative will establish a HPV research network between several VLIR partners of whom some are already conducting HPV and/or cervix carcinoma research with own VLIR-UOS funding.
Principal investigator: Bogers John-Paul, Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden