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UK University Wins £500k Grant to Help Combat COVID-19 in Uganda

The University of Salford’s School of Science, Engineering & Environment has been awarded more than £500,000 to address the threat of COVID-19 in Uganda.

This funding is one of the 20 projects that have been announced by the UKRI aimed at developing solutions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

“We will be sharing the knowledge and experience gained by COVID-19 laboratories in the UK over the past six months with Ugandan microbiologists to accelerate reliable testing in the country.” Prof Richard Birtles, chair in biomedicine, said.

The 18-month project is focused on building capacity for COVID-19 diagnostics and molecular epidemiology in Northern Uganda, then applying these to help control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in South Sudanese refugee settlements and neighbouring Ugandan communities in the region.

The work is being delivered in collaboration with Gulu University, Makerere University, The Uganda Virus Research Institute, The Ministry of Health, the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda, The University of Liverpool, Alderley Park Lighthouse Laboratory, The Royal Oldham Hospital (NHS Northern Care Alliance), Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Carramore International in the UK.

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