Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Epicentre Niger Research Centre

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

In 2016, we were proud to form a new 3-year partnership with MSF and their training and research arm Epicentre, a non-profit association embedded in the MSF movement to support the Niger Research Center. The partnership focuses on building the capacity of Epicentre Niger’s medical and scientific staff, reinforcing Epicentre’s ties to the provincial authorities to guarantee optimum rapid response to health crises.

Supporting research to combat malnutrition and infectious diseases in Niger

In Niger, infectious diseases and child malnutrition are the principle causes of mortality. In 2009, Epicentre, MSF’s research and training arm, established its third research center in Niger to develop a viable West African hub to develop implementable solutions to clinical and public health problems. Since then, the Niger Research Center has developed a strong research portfolio and built capacity to investigate epidemics, implement alerting and monitoring systems, conduct clinical trials and prevalence surveys while working with Niger’s Ministry of Health and evaluating impact.

However, Niger and the Sahel, remain one of the least developed regions in the world with poor academic, research and health infrastructure. Our partnership supports the training of Epicentre’s African staff with the goal of eventually running the Center autonomously. Key scientific staff such as field investigators, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists and clinical statisticians have received advanced individual and institutional training in technical areas and have been able to present at Epicentre’s Scientific and Medical Days in Paris and Niger, travel for courses and conferences, build their international networks and take up other training assignments in MSF programs and African research centers.However, Niger and the Sahel, remain one of the least developed regions in the world with poor academic, research and health infrastructure. Our partnership supports the training of Epicentre’s African staff with the goal of eventually running the Center autonomously. Key scientific staff such as field investigators, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists and clinical statisticians have received advanced individual and institutional training in technical areas and have been able to present at Epicentre’s Scientific and Medical Days in Paris and Niger, travel for courses and conferences, build their international networks and take up other training assignments in MSF programs and African research centers.

Read more about the partnership

On SciDev.net: “Antibiotics resistance in Africa needs urgent attention, Ochieng’ Ogodo, 22 March 2018
On The Lancet: “Local research in Africa: a glimpse at possibilities in Niger, 1 March 2018
Elsevier and Doctors without Borders Partner to Help Tackle Africa’s Health Challenges, Press Office Amsterdam, 25 October 2016

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