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“More networking and collaborations needed in the fight against Tuberculosis” researchers have said.

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tamiwetomokasDr Tamiwe Tomoka, Director of The Helse Nord TB Initiative (HTNI) at the College of Medicine making her presentation

For the global TB targets to be achieved there is need for countries to come up with specific TB research network agenda, be able to fund their own research and work towards addressing gaps in detection, treatment, funding and develop new tools in the fight against the disease.


These remarks were made by Dr Tamiwe Tomoka, Director of The Helse Nord TB Initiative (HTNI) at the College of Medicine, during a Research Disseminating meeting organized by the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust’s (MLW) TB & HIV Research group in collaboration with various stakeholders from the health sector.


The HTNI is a Joint College of Medicine (CoM) and MLW initiative which among other things is aimed at building the capacity of researchers through training and the formation of a research and training group for networking, collaboration and meetings.

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Malaria Researchers at MLW Receive EDCTP Grant to Review Evidence on Safety of Antimalarial Drug

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The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), have awarded the Malaria Epidemiology Group at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW) a “Coordination & Support Actions” grant to support the translation of findings from the previously EDCTP-funded ADAPT 1 & 2 and ADJusT trials towards treatment policy and health impact.

 

The project called IMPACT aims at reviewing and raising awareness of dose optimisation research priorities for key risk groups among researchers, funders and control programmes. The work will focus on the antimalarial dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PPQ), one of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended drugs to treat uncomplicated malaria.

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HIV identified as leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults

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HIV infection is the leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults, a new study by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health has found.


The incidence of stroke is on the increase across most of sub-Saharan Africa. In countries like Malawi, a substantial proportion of stroke patients are young adults, and have a low prevalence of established risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking.


Now, in collaboration with the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, researchers have examined the role of HIV, its treatment, and its interaction with high blood pressure as risk factors for stroke in Malawian adults.