Capacity Development

A group of women working with PDAs in Kenya and MaliProject Coordinator: Vera Ecser (Vienna School of Clinical Research, Austria)

The Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium has identified a research strategy that could lead to significant improvements in maternal and child health in malaria endemic regions. Implementation of this research strategy will require a coordinated effort between several research institutions around the world; it will have to be scientifically and ethically sound and conducted in compliance with international and national regulations and guidelines. Therefore, capacity development in the countries affected by malaria and conducting research on malaria in pregnancy is crucial to the success of this strategy. The capacity development programme includes general training sessions on different clinical research related topics (e.g. Good Clinical Practice, Biostatistics, Clinical Epidemiology, Ethics, etc) as well as the education of local trainers on these topics. This will ensure sustainability and increase the likelihood of obtaining reliable results that will form the evidence on which decisions related to future research, policies and health care will be based.

The capacity development programme also includes infrastructure upgrade of research centres and several training programmes based on intensive short term training courses offered locally as well as long term educational programmes (Msc, PhD, Postdoctoral programmes).

Members of the MiP capacity building working group are:

Meghna Desai

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)

Linda Kalilani-Phiri 

College of Medicine, University of Malawi (Malawi)

Pascal Magnussen

Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Clara Menéndez

Fundació Clínica per la Recerca Biomèdica (Spain)

Hassan Mshinda

Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre (Tanzania)

Abdunoor Mulokozi 

Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre (Tanzania)

Stephen Rogerson   

University of Melbourne (Australia)

Harry Tagbor  

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)

Jenny Hill

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK)

Vera Ecser

Vienna School of Clinical Research (Austria)