Institution Registered at: Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal
PhD Title: Impact of mass drug administration on helminths and malaria in school-aged children in Senegal
Study Description: My study is designed to assess the impact of helminth and malaria control strategies in school-aged children. The objective is to determine the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth, shistosome, malaria and possible malaria-helminthic co-infection. The study will also determine the nutritional status of children infected with helminths. Questionnaires will be administered to find out the population’s level of knowledge about infections, followed by informed consent obtained from parents. Stool and urine samples will be collected in suitable, clean, airtight jars for microscopic and macroscopic examination. A TDR and a thick drop will be made for malaria and blotting papers will also be made for the molecular study. Hemoglobin measurements will be performed to determine the nutritional status of children.
- Professor Magatte Ndiaye
Profile: I am a Senegalese student at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (UCAD). After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in science, followed by a bachelor’s degree in biology, I graduated with a master’s degree in biotechnology. My time at the parasitology and mycology laboratory at UCAD allowed me to rub shoulders with professors and doctors who influenced my passion for parasitology. I was thus interested in research, hence my enrolment to pursue a PhD in biology and human pathology focusing on parasitology. This new cycle will allow me to better understand the field of research and the evolution of new scientific technologies.