GET Past Projects

LIBERIA PROJECT

Contributing to the development of a protocol to govern the first ever convalescent plasma trial in Liberia. This protocol has been used as a reference tool in other clinical trials in West Africa(October 2014)

Acting as key scientific advisors in relation to the collection of convalescent plasma from Ebola survivors.

Participating in an initial meeting with key stakeholders and survivors at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) New Orleans, USA (November 2014).

Supporting the logistics for a massive air-drop of blood mobiles, apheresis machines and medical supplies to Conakry in Guinea; Monrovia in Liberia and Lagos in Nigeria. This initiative was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.(November 2014)

Creating the first indigenous initiative for the storage of bio-data on a secure dedicated server.(December 2014)

Building a network of survivors and infrastructure across West Africa:

    • Co-hosting a survivor workshop in Monrovia, Liberia with the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL). The focus was “stigma” and the resulting hardship faced by survivors. The success of this workshop resulted in an increase in the number of survivors registered with ESAL from 500 to 800. (January 2015)

Conducting national workshops on bio-banking and bio-security capacity in the Ebola affected countries of the Mano River Union (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) sub-region of West Africa.(May 2015)

GUINEA PROJECT

Supporting the logistics for a massive air-drop of blood mobiles, apheresis machines and medical supplies to Conakry in Guinea; Monrovia in Liberia and Lagos in Nigeria. This initiative was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.(November 2014)

Creating the first indigenous initiative for the storage of bio-data on a secure dedicated server.(December 2014)

Conducting national workshops on bio-banking and bio-security capacity in the Ebola affected countries of the Mano River Union (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) sub-region of West Africa.(May 2015)

 

 

NIGERIA PROJECT

Supporting the logistics for a massive air-drop of blood mobiles, apheresis machines and medical supplies to Conakry in Guinea; Monrovia in Liberia and Lagos in Nigeria. This initiative was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.(November 2014)

Creating the first indigenous initiative for the storage of bio-data on a secure dedicated server.(December 2014)

  Providing logistics and training for plasmapheresis capacity/ plasma fractionating procedures in Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

SENEGAL PROJECT

Organizing and co-hosting the first African conferences on Emerging Infectious Diseases in collaboration with the West African Task Force for Research into Emerging Infectious Diseases (WATER) in Dakar, Senegal. The conference was held to accelerate the support for recovering Ebola patients, survivors and for the evaluation of potential treatment and vaccines in West Africa. The meeting outcomes have become known as the Dakar Declaration, which sets out the physical and human capacity deficiencies in most African sub-regions.(January 2015)

SIERRA LEONE PROJECT

Co-hosting a survivor workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES). (February 2015)

Conducting a Knowledge, Attitude and Perception (KAP) study in Freetown, Sierra Leone.(February 2015)

Providing logistics and training for plasmapheresis capacity/ plasma fractionating procedures in Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

 Conducting national workshops on bio-banking and bio-security capacity in the Ebola affected countries of the Mano River Union (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) sub-region of West Africa.(May 2015)

 Providing direction and a detailed account of where policy reform should be directed during an emergency consultative meeting to the Africa Union Defense and Peace Division and the United Nations implementation Strategic Unit in line with the Biological Weapons Convention compliance. (October 2015)

 Organizing a bio-banking, bio-safety and bio-security strategic meeting in West Africa.(November 2015)

 Developing a comprehensive plan for securing Category A bioterrorism pathogens in the sub-region of West Africa.(December 2015)

 Implementing the Ebola Biosecurity Sample Rescue, Inventory & Containment Projectto mitigate threats posed by the abundance of samples of Ebola virus in West Africa through finalizing a methodology, plan and budget to identify, assess and consolidate priority Ebola samples in Sierra Leone into a secure and safe facility.(January 2016 – to date)

 Implementing the Ebola Data Rescue and Verification Pilot Project for the development of data collection tools and establishment of a pilot data base for the mapping, capturing, quantifying and qualifying data of all Ebola related samples in Sierra Leone.(March 2016 – June 2016)

 Co-hosting the “2nd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Disease and Biosecurity” with the theme – Strengthening African Health Systems: Building Resilience and Capacity to Tackle Epidemic Threats The conference was held to continue the scientific, ethical, and political discussions on ensuring biosafety and biosecurity for the region, and preventing an epidemic of the size and severity of the Ebola outbreaks from occurring again.(July 2016)

 Undertaking the Ebola Data Rescue and Verification Main Project for recovery and verification of data related to samples obtained during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone currently held in laboratories about to close or which have been recently closed.(August 2016 – to date)

 Developing guidelines for a national policy on bio banking, public health management of biological samples and data, inclusive of dangerous pathogens for Sierra Leone.(October 2016)

In collaboration with VERTIC, GET conducting a legislative review of Sierra Leone laws to assess the gaps that require strengthening to ensure compliance with international treaties on biosecurity and public health preparedness to handle threats caused by dangerous pathogens (November 2016).