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UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS OFFICIALLY LISTED AS A WHO MALARIA RAPID DIAGNOSIS LOT TESTING PLATFORM FOR NIGERIA

The World Health Organization, Geneva (WHO) in her press release of 29 November officially listed the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation (ANDI) CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR MALARIA DIAGNOSIS, University of Lagos as a lot testing platform for the country. The National Institute for Malaria research (NIMR) INDIA was listed along with UNILAG to provide this unique service in her 29th November 2017 Press Release in Geneva,Switzerland(http://www.who.int/malaria/news/2017/rdt-lot-testing/en/)

The Institute for Tropical diseases, Philippines will undertake testing for the remaining part of the world as she has played this role in the last ten years.

The note from the WHO Press Release reads: 

WHO has commissioned annual independent, external quality laboratory assessments of the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), New Delhi, India and the ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis, University of Lagos, Nigeria and these laboratories are compliant with WHO malaria RDT lot testing standard operating procedures. These laboratories will be conducting lot verification for RDT batches imported into their respective countries”

The listing of UNILAG to provide quality assurance on malaria diagnosis test kits is strategic as Nigeria still remains one of the countries with the highest burden in Africa and needed this platform to support the effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

The ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis was so designated in 2011 by the WHO-established AFRICAN NETWORK FOR DRUG AND DIAGNOSTIC INNOVATION now based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among over 120 applications that were received from African Institutions and has had an established trajectory working with WHO on the quality of malaria diagnostic in the last 10 years. This facility has been assessed on two good occasions by WHO on quality Management System (QMS) and is ready to be assessed to obtain ISO 15189 certification. Currently, the Centre maintains a unique Malaria Specimen Bank currently domiciled at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba.  This platform has the highest number of WHO-Certified Malaria Microscopists in a single institution in Africa, and next to Philippines in Asia. This facility works closely with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) of the Federal Ministry of Health, Developmental Partners Nationally and Internationally, State governments, mostly the Lagos State Ministry of Health, and private organizations by supporting, strengthening malaria case management, surveillance and diagnostic implementation.

The Centre has also successfully conducted two clinical trials (that included the first urine malaria test currently in the market) giving her quality management system that meets regulatory and other international governance on clinical trials. This platform has managed over N500 Million Malaria Research Fund since its designation and is currently working in the research and development space for new diagnostic tests for malaria, strengthening effective malaria diagnosis by providing national and international leadership in malaria diagnosis, surveillance of malaria nationally and in the states, promoting access to rapid malaria testing, providing capacity building support for organizations and health professionals, provision of external quality assurance for malaria diagnosis among other programmes and services.

The Principal Researcher is Prof. Wellington A. Oyibo, a Consultant Medical Parasitologist who serves in the WHO’s Global Steering Committee on Malaria Rapid Tests Evaluation, WHO Knowledge Expert in the Essential Medicines Department, specifically the Diagnostic Pre-Qualification Unit, Geneva, Switzerland, national expert among others. Several doctoral, Residents, Masters candidates, undergraduates and health professionals across the country have been trained in this Centre.

THE ROYAL SOCIETY-DFID AFRICA CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE PROJECT

 

 

Global Project Topic: Harnessing Unsteady Phase-Change Heat Exchange in High-Performance Concentrated Solar Power Systems

 

Local Research Topic: Numerical Flow Boiling Investigations for Various Mass Flux and Heat Flux Conditions in a Smooth Tube

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Principal Investigator : Dr Olabode Olakoyejo

Investigator : Dr Adekunle Adelaja

Investigator : Dr Surajudeen Obayopo

Ph.D Student :Mr Emmanel Osowade

 

Sponsored by :Royal Society and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) [Africa Capacity Building Initiative]. 

 

Electricity availability is a major challenge in Sub-Sahara Africa which includes Nigeria. The enormous population and the huge large expanse in Nigeria is a significant advantage for economic liberation for the country. However, this growth has been corpulently retarded making the so called “giant of Africa” struggle for survival and development. Many investments has been retracted from the economy, industries rapidly vanishing, insecurity everywhere, socio-economic retardation and many more problems has been faced by the over 170 million energy deficient populace of Nigeria.

A global project topic “Harnessing Unsteady Phase-Change Heat Exchange in High-Performance Concentrated Solar Power Systems” has been put up to combat this dreadful and devastating challenge faced by Nigeria and some other part of Sub-Sahara Africa. This project is sponsored by the Royal Society-DFID, United Kingdom under the Africa Capacity Building Initiative Award Scheme. The project involves the consortium of four Universities, namely; Imperial College London, UK; University of Lagos, Nigeria; University of Pretoria, South Africa and the University of Mauritius, Mauritius.

The project is set to ameliorate this power challenge using Concentrated Solar Power System. Typical of a conventional power cycle four process are very important, namely; Evaporation/heat addition (in the Boiler), Expansion (in the Turbine), Heat rejection (in the Condenser) and the Pump which circulate the working fluid in the cycle. University of Lagos, Nigeria has been saddled with the responsibility of looking into the Heat addition (that is the Evaporation/Boiling) process with a research topic “Numerical Flow Boiling Investigations for Various Mass Flux and Heat Flux Conditions in a Smooth Tube”. This work involves using a Numerical Analysis tool to validate and optimize the experimental work undertaken by the partners at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

A sum of One (1) million pounds has been designated for this project by the sponsor and about Two Hundred and Forty Three thousand, two hundred and eighty (243, 280. 00) pounds has been allotted to the University of Lagos to carry out their own part of the joint research.

The Nigeria team on the research includes Dr. O. T. Olakoyejo (Team Leader and Principal Investigator), Dr. A. O. Adelaja, Dr.  S. O. Obayopo and the Ph.Dstudent under mentorship on the program is Mr. E. A. Osowade.

Conclusively, the research results will produce data, correlations and models that will be useful to develop system models that fully describe transient CSP boiler performance which will find wide application both in academics and industries and final contribute to solving the persistent electricity challenge in the Nation and Africa as a whole.

INTERWASTE RESEARCH PROJECT

Synergising International Research Studies into the Environmental Fate and Behaviour of Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Waste Stream (INTERWASTE)

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Project

Project duration: 1st January 2017- 31st December 2020

This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734522.

The overall vision of INTERWASTE is to develop scientific understanding of issues related to environmental contamination with toxic and/or hazardous organic chemicals (specifically flame retardants (FRs) and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs)) arising from their presence in the waste stream. Our central hypothesis is that the presence of such chemicals in the waste stream represents a substantial environmental hazard. INTERWASTE will test this hypothesis by evaluating the extent of environmental contamination attributable to emissions from selected components of the waste stream, and further will evaluate the efficacy of actions to minimise such environmental contamination.

INTERWASTE Partners

INTERWASTE is co-ordinated by the POPs research group within the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK and co-ordinated by Professor Stuart Harrad at the University of Birmingham, the programme is centred around 87 research secondmentstotalling 224 researcher months between world-leading research groups both within and outside the EU.

Reflecting its international perspective, INTERWASTE’s 27 partners are from: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In Nigeria, the partnering organisation is the Department of Chemistry, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria – led by Dr TemilolaOluseyi

 

The relevance of INTERWASTE

Flame Retardants in Waste

INTERWASTE addresses the growing appreciation of the environmental hazard associated with the presence of flame retardant chemicals (FRs) in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and soft furnishings (e.g. sofas and fabrics). As many such items contain FRs at percent levels, UNEP estimates that 20-50 million t WEEE is generated globally every year, illustrate the scale of the problem. The disposal and/or recycling of such materials offer multiple pathways via which FRs may be emitted to the environment.

Environmental contamination with pharmaceuticals and chemicals present in personal care products (PPCPs)

The quantities of such PPCPs entering the environment (e.g. via the sewerage system either as the parent compounds or metabolites) are projected to increase substantially for the foreseeable future, given the increasing and ageing global population. Concerns about such environmental contamination are compounded by the inherent biological activity of pharmaceuticals in particular, which raise concerns about both human and wildlife exposure that may arise via the presence of PPCPs and their metabolites in the environment.

Further details can be found here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/research/projects/interwaste/index.aspx

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 18:31

GAPS

Dr. Rose Alani is currently involved in four (4) Global Air Quality Monitoring projects. These include:

  • Passive air sampling in Nigeria for the analysis of POPs, in collaboration with the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) Network, Environment Canada -2015.
  • Ambient Air Monitoring - Comparison of Fine Particulate Matters (PM2.5) in Nigeria and Hong Kong: Their Chemical Compositions, Sources and Health Impact. Collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Honk Kong -2017.
  • Passive air monitoring in collaboration with POPs monitoring Network under the Southern Contaminants Programme (SCP) in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the main aim of assessing the status of the environmental pollutants in coastal regions along the Maritime Silk Road from Southeast Asia to Africa 2017.
  • World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) program: Establishment of Air Quality Monitoring Plan for the city of Lagos -2017.

The four projects are presently ongoing. It all started when she got an offer to participate in six (6) months research training in the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic in 2014. The offer was cancelled due to Ebola problem in Africa, but she was later invited to attend a Summer School in RECETOX in May 2015. With a very strong encouragement from Prof. Babajide Alo (then VC Acad) and further support by Prof. Wole Familoni (Director, Sch. Of Foundation) she attended the Summer school at RECETOX where she met a Spanish friend that linked her to a Professor in Canada for Air Quality Monitoring. This brought in her first global air quality monitoring project currently ongoing at the Nigerian Meteorological Center (NIMET), Oshodi. She applied for TETFUND in 2016 for air monitoring, with a strong support from her Professor in Canada. TETFUND did not respond but the Research and Innovation office spotted her. When the Hong Kong Polytechnic University contacted our Research and Innovations office for Co-suppervision of a PhD student on Air Quality Monitoring, The Director, Prof. Wellington Oyibo contacted her and this is her second global air monitoring project. When the video of the training was presented in Hong Kong, some researchers from China Academy of Science saw it and desired to work with her. This is her third air quality monitoring project. While the active air sampling was ongoing, the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) team visited Unilag. Prof. Kehinde Olayinka, the Director of the Central Research Lab was invited as part of the team to receive them, and she invited Dr. Rose Alani. The team took interest in her ongoing project and visited her sites at the roof top of the Faculty of Science building and the roof top at NIMET, after which they officially invited her to make a presentation at the World Bank symposium on ‘Air Quality Monitoring in Lagos’. This ushered her into the fourth air quality monitoring project. Below are some pictures at five sampling sites: Faculty of Science building roof top; Roof top of a 2 story building at NIMET, Oshidi; Mast at Customs training College, Ikeja; Roof top of a penthouse in Agege abattoir; and the roof top of a 3 story building of a school in Apapa.






Wednesday, 09 May 2018 16:42

GLOBAL AIR QUALITY MONITORING

Dr. Rose Alani is currently involved in four (4) Global Air Quality Monitoring projects. These include:

  • Passive air sampling in Nigeria for the analysis of POPs, in collaboration with the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) Network, Environment Canada -2015.
  • Ambient Air Monitoring - Comparison of Fine Particulate Matters (PM2.5) in Nigeria and Hong Kong: Their Chemical Compositions, Sources and Health Impact. Collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Honk Kong -2017.
  • Passive air monitoring in collaboration with POPs monitoring Network under the Southern Contaminants Programme (SCP) in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the main aim of assessing the status of the environmental pollutants in coastal regions along the Maritime Silk Road from Southeast Asia to Africa 2017.
  • World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) program: Establishment of Air Quality Monitoring Plan for the city of Lagos -2017.

The four projects are presently ongoing. It all started when she got an offer to participate in six (6) months research training in the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic in 2014. The offer was cancelled due to Ebola problem in Africa, but she was later invited to attend a Summer School in RECETOX in May 2015. With a very strong encouragement from Prof. Babajide Alo (then VC Acad) and further support by Prof. Wole Familoni (Director, Sch. Of Foundation) she attended the Summer school at RECETOX where she met a Spanish friend that linked her to a Professor in Canada for Air Quality Monitoring. This brought in her first global air quality monitoring project currently ongoing at the Nigerian Meteorological Center (NIMET), Oshodi. She applied for TETFUND in 2016 for air monitoring, with a strong support from her Professor in Canada. TETFUND did not respond but the Research and Innovation office spotted her. When the Hong Kong Polytechnic University contacted our Research and Innovations office for Co-suppervision of a PhD student on Air Quality Monitoring, The Director, Prof. Wellington Oyibo contacted her and this is her second global air monitoring project. When the video of the training was presented in Hong Kong, some researchers from China Academy of Science saw it and desired to work with her. This is her third air quality monitoring project. While the active air sampling was ongoing, the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH) team visited Unilag. Prof. Kehinde Olayinka, the Director of the Central Research Lab was invited as part of the team to receive them, and she invited Dr. Rose Alani. The team took interest in her ongoing project and visited her sites at the roof top of the Faculty of Science building and the roof top at NIMET, after which they officially invited her to make a presentation at the World Bank symposium on ‘Air Quality Monitoring in Lagos’. This ushered her into the fourth air quality monitoring project. Below are some pictures at five sampling sites: Faculty of Science building roof top; Roof top of a 2 story building at NIMET, Oshidi; Mast at Customs training College, Ikeja; Roof top of a penthouse in Agege abattoir; and the roof top of a 3 story building of a school in Apapa.

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