Established in 2017, the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at BSMS aims to:
- improve our ability to diagnose, prevent and treat podoconiosis
- develop tools to prevent mycetoma - there is no effective treatment
- strengthen the ability of low-income countries to respond to scabies outbreaks.
The first phase of the Unit was successfully completed in 2021, and you can read about it here. In 2021 we were awarded a further £7 million funding over 5 years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a second phase for the Unit.
The new grant will fund research projects with existing and new partners based in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda, working on three NTDs (podoconiosis, mycetoma and scabies). Together, these conditions affect millions of vulnerable people in poor communities in low-income countries, and they are mostly ignored by other research groups.
Watch our video below to find out more about what we do.