Monday, March 5, 2007

AIDS Testing in Nigeria

Purdue University reports that its researchers will meet with Nigerian officials and health-care professionals this month to introduce a new low-cost technology that would make it possible to perform affordable, widespread medical testing for millions of AIDS victims in Africa.

The effort to manufacture the low-cost instruments is called the Cytometry for Life program. Discovery Park's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering has joined Bindley researchers as a project partner.

J. Paul Robinson (pictured), a professor in Purdue's schools of biomedical engineering and veterinary medicine, will travel to Nigeria on 12 March with Hildred Sarah Rochon, research coordinator of the Cytometry for Life program, and Gilbert Rochon, Purdue's associate vice president for collaborative research.

They will meet with several leaders, health-care officials and philanthropists, including the governor and deputy governor of Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city; health-care professionals at the National Hospital in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria; traditional rulers in Imo State in southern Nigeria, where the Cytometry for Life Program has an office; and health-care workers and officials in the city of Owerri, the capital of Imo State. The meetings and visits are being coordinated by Prince Ikenna Nwaturuocha of the Royal Kingdom of Aboah-Mbasie in Imo State.

Read more about the initiative here.

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