NIHR funding 2019

We’re delighted that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research function of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is providing funding for 30 small grants as part of RSTMH’s 2019 small grants programme.

The purpose of the grants, of up to £5,000 each, is to enable early career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research or fieldwork, as stand-alone projects or distinct elements within larger projects.

This NIHR funding is a huge boost to this unique programme, enabling us to triple the number of small grants provided from 2018, thus ensuring that the pipeline of new research across tropical medicine and global health is further bolstered.

We’re happy to be working in partnership with the NIHR and hope the collaboration goes from strength to strength.

The 2019 grant awardees are: 

  • Patricia Maritim, lymphatic filariasis in Zambia, Zambia Shwari Health and University of Zambia 
  • Naomi Nyambura Riithi, sleeping sickness in Kenya, Kenya International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • Lakshmi Aravindan, filariasis in India, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
  • Veronicah Mbaire Chuchu, rabies in Kenya, Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Abdi Samuel Temesgen, podoconiosis in Ethiopia, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Wollega University Ethiopia
  • Elias Asuming-Brempong, schistosomiasis in Ghana, Ghana Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Water Research Institute
  • Sima Ernest Rugarabamu, viral haemorrhagic fevers in Tanzania, Southern Africam Centre for Infectious Disease Control and Surveillance (SACIDS) Morogoro, Tanzania
  • Billystrom Jivetti, schistosomiasis in Kenya, University of New Mexico Center for Geospatial and Population Studies
  • Adjoa Boakye, schistosomiasis in Ghana, Department of Biomedical Sciences School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences University of Health and Allied Sciences
  • Michelle Kathini Muthui, vaccine candidates in Burkina Faso, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
  • Adebiyi Abdulhakeem Adeniran, chikungunya in Mexico, Center for Genomic Biotechnology, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
  • Donald Severin Kamdem, liver fibrosis in Cameroon and South Africa, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Cape Town 
  • Alemayehu Assefa Amaya, schistosoma mansoni in Ethiopia, Assosa University, Ethiopia
  • Nouh Saad Mahgoub Mohamed, P. falciparum Circumsporozoite protein, National University, Sudan
  • Ya Jankey Jagne, influenza in The Gambia, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at LSHTM
  • Ronald Kiguba, antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Uganda, Makerere University College of Health Sciences
  • Jonathan Liew Wee Kent, dengue in Malaysia, University of Malaya
  • Olumide Ajibola, spread of Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine resistance in west and central Africa, The Gambia Medical Research Council unit at LSHTM
  • Shih Keng Loong, chikungunya in Malaysia, University of Malaya
  • Tambetakaw Njang Gilbert, onchocerciasis in Cameroon, Ministry of Health, Cameroon 
  • Fanuel Meckson Bickton, chronic respiratory disease in Malawi, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust
  • Lorena Paola Mesa Arciniegas, chagas in Colombia, Universidad de Antioquía
  • Auma Judith, cervical cancer prevention in HIV positive women in Uganda, Uganda Knowledge for Change
  • Edwin Ochieng Ogola, yellow fever in Kenya, Kenya International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) 
  • Leonard Marigi Ndwiga, drug resistance in Kenya, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya 
  • Ebere Ayogu, Plasmodium falciparum K13 gene in Nigeria, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Roland Nnaemeka Okoro, malaria in Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
  • Edward Jenner Tettevi, lymphatic filariasis in Ghana, CSIR Water Research Institute, Ghana
  • Hala Mohamed Babikir Mohamed Satei, double burden of disease and health insurance services in Sudan, Public Health Institute, Sudan
  • Linnet Hamasi, kala-azar in pastoral communities, Kenya, Kenyatta University  


*The NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) Programme is funded through UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) via the Department of Health and Social Care.