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Current Research


Mortality Reduction After Oral Azithromycin Treatment

MORDOR stands for "Mortality Reduction After Oral Azithromycin Treatment". The study, which is being implemented in Mangochi district, would like to test the hypothesis that mass distribution of Azithromycin, a drug that cures trachoma, reduces childhood mortality and morbidity. Several partners are involved in this project such as, College of Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of San Francisco and Bell & Melinda Gates Foundation who are the funders of the project.
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Global Trachoma Mapping Project

Trachoma mapping is being carried out in Malawi after BICO staff conducted training in the region. BICO is assisting the Ministry of Health in implementing this research in Malawi. BICO has managed to map the whole of northern region and some few districts are remaining in the central and southern region.
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Deworm3 Malawi Project

Deworm3 project is a study aimed interrupting the transmission of intestinal worms called soil-transmitted helminths (STH). It was launched in October 2017 in Mangochi (Namwera) and it is expected to run for 5 years (2017-2022). The project is being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through Natural History Museum and the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The study will determine whether community wide mass drug administration (MDA) of albendazole can interrupt the transmission of soil transmitted helminthes (Njoka za m’mimba).
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Schisto Research EFINTD – Schistosomiasis Research

Blantyre Institute for Community Ophthalmology (BICO) conducted a one week data collection for a study which aims at establishing the coexistence of trachoma and schistosomiasis in villages under Mchoka Health Centre catchment area in Salima District. The results are yet to be released.
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Traditional healer’s research

Research on whether the existing traditional leaders who were trained in basic primary eye are using the knowledge and skills obtained through that training that was conducted in 1994/95. So far a list of 100 traditional leaders has been compiled. A research questionnaire has been designed and pretested.
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