Fighting mosquito-borne diseases
About the department
The University of the West Indies (UWI) is a public university system with multiple campuses that serves 18 countries and territories in the Caribbean. The Natural Products Institute (NPI) is a dedicated research unit within the Faculty of Science and Technology at UWI working to unlock the potential of Jamaica’s unique biodiversity to address health, wellness, and agro-economical issues. NPI trains students from multiple departments and is also developing Jamaica’s first degree program in Pharmacognosy.
The Department of Chemistry at UWI is a 2013 Instrumental Access partner.
Impact on development
Using the unique biodiversity in Jamaica, the Natural Products Institute produces drugs and products made from local sources to address a lack of access to healthcare products locally.
Meet the Awardee
About the institution
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Why Seeding Labs?
The Institute needs equipment to support and expand research and training focused on mosquito vector control. Equipment would also be used to conduct more graduate student training internally, instead of the current system under which most graduate students travel abroad to conduct their research.
Did you know?
The Institute hosts a “Mini Scientist Day Camp” for Jamaican children at the primary and early secondary level.