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Nigeria, Canada partner, tap 68 researchers for Mpox study

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research and other stakeholders in the country have launched the Canada-Africa Mpox Partnership.

The event was aimed at curbing the spread of Mpox and studying the dynamics of its transmission from human to human.

The other institutions in the project are the University of Ilorin, the Slum and Rural Health Initiative Network, the Institute Of Human Virology In Nigeria and the Maryland Global Initiative Corporation.

The project is in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the International Development Research Centre.

During the event on Wednesday, Prof. Babatunde Salako, the Director-General of NIMR, said the Nigeria consortium would work with their Canadian partners to help inform the clinical and public health response to local and global epidemics of Mpox.

Salako said 68 researchers with multi-disciplinary expertise from Canada, Nigeria, the U.S. and the United Kingdom would work on the project that would involve community engagements from inception.

The D-G, however, reiterated the need for a medical research council to fund research works peculiar to Nigeria.

Prof. Rosemary Audu, the Principal Investigator of CAMP Nigeria, said the project would focus on three topics across diverse epidemiological, geo-social and health system contexts involving Mpox transmission, treatment and vaccines.

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