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A new vaccine that may prevent infant deaths soon after birth – GBS Trial

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ProfessorRobHeydermanProfessor Rob Heyderman led the research team

Several African countries including Malawi have met their Millennium Development Goals to reduce childhood deaths by two-thirds. However, infant deaths in the first three months of life have proved more difficult to reduce. Severe infection including meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) causes by a bacteria called Group B Streptococcus (GBS) remains an important cause of this death.

GBS vaccines given to mothers when pregnant to prevent infection in the baby have been under development for many years and are now undergoing trial in Africa. A trial conducted in Malawi and South Africa to assess the vaccine in healthy and HIV infected pregnant women has recently been reported in Lancet Infectious Diseases. This is the first study to investigate the GBS vaccine in pregnant women infected with HIV and shows that the vaccine both induces immunity and has a good safety profile.


Trust Tips Malawi on containing TB

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Watipatso Mzungu Jnr, The Nation

Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust MLW has advised government to consider devising holistic and low-cost strategies for containing Tuberculosis (TB) in the country.

MLW HIV & TB Research Group leader Professor Liz Corbett said this at the two-day 2016 TB networking meeting in Lilongwe.

She suggested, among others, that authorities at the Ministry of Health should consider engaging informal health care providers as one way of increasing access to TB and HIV and Aids diagnostic services in the country.


Developing the next generation of malaria researchers

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The MLW Malaria Theme has equipped its team with leadership skills with the aim of empowering them to interact with partners in the fight against the epidemic.

The 5-day training attracted participants from MLW and other collaborating institutions including the College of Medicine, Malaria Alert Centre and the Polytechnic.

In her opening remarks, the Malaria Theme Lead, Dr Anja Terlouw, said she saw the need for the ‘Practice of Leadership in Health’ training after seeing a gap in leadership training at colleges. “There is a strong need for leadership skills, peer based learning and collaboration in order for the malaria group members to benefit from the diversity within the group” she said.

The course equipped participants with a number of skills, including vision and decision making, communication, people management, technical capacity, and emotional intelligence.