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Prevention and improved diagnosis of adolescent genital disease in schistosomiasis endemic KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Objective

The VIBE-FGS-EUSAN project is a joint initiative by six partner universities in Europe and one partner university in Africa who have developed collaborative links in the last decade. This network of translational research aims to facilitate a strong collaboration between laboratories at the forefront of basic research and field projects trying to resolve tropical issues on the ground. In the poorer parts of the world, especially in Africa such integrated translational networks are rare. We aim to strengthen the partnership, to stimulate scientific achievements in the fields of biotechnology, clinical medicine, public health, and immunology.
The VIBE-FGS-EUSAN project was established in order to study the gender-related health problem of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS), a neglected tropical disease. The parasite Schistosoma (Bilharzia) infects 200 million people and is the second most important parasite affecting human health after malaria. FGS is a previously unknown disease that may create gynaecological contact bleeding. In Zimbabwe we found that women with genital schistosomiasis had an almost 3-fold higher odds ratio of having HIV. FGS is waterborne, affecting women doing laundry or children playing in the rivers.
In a project in South Africa the field research is sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of Copenhagen. We intend to collect evidence of the effects of mass- treatment on genital lesions, and effects on HIV transmission and HIV susceptibility. The project will strengthen cooperation among partner organisations, developing long-lasting partnerships. In a bottom-up approach, following the ethos of the Marie Curie actions the exchange programme will enhance the quality and lift scientific competence of participating researchers, PhD and Masters students of seven universities.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/hiv
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/tropical medicine
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

OSLO UNIVERSITETSSYKEHUS HF
Address
Kirkeveien 166 Tarnbygget
0450 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 254 100
Administrative Contact
Peder Heyerdahl Utne (Mr.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 21 000
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I AGDER
Norway
EU contribution
€ 46 200
Address
Universitetsveien 25
4604 Kristiansand
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andre Tofteland (Mr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 42 000
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 600
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tatjana Palalic (Ms.)
ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 42 000
Address
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruud Esveld (Mr.)