The Masanga Medical Research Unit, our platform to promote medical research in Sierra Leone, was started in 2018. Due to a lack of education and resources only little is known about the epidemiology and the best treatment for diseases in Sierra Leone. The MMRU aims to bring Sierra Leonean healthcare professionals in contact with a large network of international partners to perform medical research together. We hope to improve access of Sierra Leonean researchers to academic degrees, and, at the same time, to improve patient care at Masanga Hospital and beyond.

Research currently performed by the MMRU:

  • Prevalence study: in the fall of 2019 we will perform a household study into the prevalence of surgical conditions. Over 1800 households will be surveyed in the whole of Sierra Leone.
  • Wound study: as little is known about the etiology of chronic wounds in Sierra Leone, Jonathan Vas Nunes is performing a knowledge, attitude and practice study into this subject.
  • Maternity study: Hanna Mathéron is currently leading research into the prevalence and pathogen identification of peripartum infections in Sierra Leone.
  • 3D printer project: In 2018, Lars Brouwers and Merel van der Stelt started research into the employability of a 3D printer in Sierra Leone in the making of (personalized) medical aids. More information about this can be found on their website: 3D Sierra Leone.

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