Professor Oumar Gaye
Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa (MACARD)
Professor Oumar Gaye, a world-leading malaria researcher and clinician, leads Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa.
Leading researchers in West and Central Africa will be brought together to help eliminate malaria through a new programme led by the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Senegal.
Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa builds on the achievements of the Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) to provide PhD, early and senior post-doctoral fellowships in areas of research relevant to malaria elimination.
The programme will work across five West and Central African countries - Senegal, Mali, The Gambia, Cameroon and Ghana - and three European institutions in the UK and Denmark to improve malaria research capacity.
While malaria incidence has significantly decreased over the last five years, the emergence of insecticide and drug resistance demands further research into the disease.
The programme will respond to this need by integrating individual training projects within existing research programmes in the following areas: the emergence of insecticide and drug resistance; changing malaria epidemiology; the maintenance of transmission hotspots; and the cost-effectiveness of interventions.
Professor Gaye’s commitment to supporting women in research and to translating research into policy and practice are demonstrated through the programme. Seeking to engage national, regional and community stakeholders, he aims to make major policy contributions for the treatment, management and control of malaria.