Dziedzom de Souza

Dziedzom
de Souza

Senior Research Fellow
Parasitology Department
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
  • Higher Education Institution/University

Biography

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) is a semi-autonomous institute of the University of Ghana, Legon. Founded in 1979, the Institute was built with a grant aid from the Government of Japan as a gift to the people of Ghana. This was in memory of the renowned Japanese medical scientist Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, who died while conducting research on Yellow Fever in Ghana. The Institute spearheads biomedical research in Ghana, conducting research on diseases of public health importance in the country and the African region. The Institute’s research activities are relevant to the control and prevention of infectious diseases in Ghana. The Institute also plays a technical/advisory role to government through collaborations with control programs and has since inception provided the country with needed critical services. For example, the Institute’s surveillance studies on malaria drug resistance provided evidence for the recent change in malaria treatment policy for the country. The Institute also uses its research environment to train health scientists at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, as well as middle level health personnel in both the public and private sectors to upgrade their skills. The Institute has good international reputation and visibility, evidenced by its publication record and funding attracted from local and international funding organizations. The Parasitology Department of the NMIMR conducts research in parasitic and vector-borne diseases in Ghana and Africa. These include malaria, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis and trypanosomiasis. The department also houses the Vestergaard vector laboratory and is involved in large-scale (Phase III) evaluation of efficacy, fabric integrity and community acceptability of long-lasting insecticidal nets. It is also involved in the monitoring of the indoor residual spraying programme and evaluation of insecticide susceptibility across various sites in the country. Researchers in department serve on various committees with the malaria control and other neglected tropical diseases programme, and act as the link between research and policy. The department is therefore well placed to join the BOVA network and will ensure that the outcomes of research activities are formulated into policies.

Organisation details

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research