We recently had a visit from Kanny Diallo, the technician working on our project in Mali to develop a new tool for detecting rarer types of meningococcal bacteria.
The tool will be used as part of the MenAfriCar and MenAfriVac projects to see whether the new MenA vaccine, which has been introduced into several countries in sub-saharan Africa since December 2010, is having an effect and whether it is causing other types of meningococcal bacteria to rise or fall.
Kanny is the technician working on the development of the tool, and as part of the MRF grant, came to the UK to gain some expert input in the design of the tool. During her 12 day stay, she visited collaborators at Oxford University and after her visit to us, headed on to Manchester for more meetings with experts there.
Kanny gave a really interesting and in depth presentation on the background behind the project and why it is so important and it was really great to see that it is already producing some promising results.
View Kanny's presentation