In March 2019, Cyclone Idai became one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the Southern hemisphere. It ravaged Malawi and neighboring countries, affecting an estimated 3 million people. With equipment from Instrumental Access, Dr. Gama Bandawe of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, was poised to respond with the necessary scientific tools in place.
Garden City University College (GCUC) is training new generations of health care workers for a country that sorely needs them. To fill a gap in Ghana’s health care system, GCUC introduced a medical laboratory technology program in 2013. However, the school lacked the necessary equipment to give students the hands-on training they needed to be prepared to work in medical and diagnostic labs upon graduation. In 2016, with support from USAID, Seeding Labs sent GCUC a shipment of Instrumental Access equipment. It contained nearly 3 tons of scientific tools and supplies donated by 31 US-based corporations, universities, and research institutes.
Your support has helped pave the way for Peru’s first bioengineering department to launch degree programs this year! Bioengineering is a nascent research area in Peru but has immense potential to address environmental concerns like pollution and bioremediation, as well as health risks presented by tropical and infectious diseases. In hopes of finding creative solutions to these issues–some of Peru’s biggest challenges–Dr. Melanie Cornejo, provost of Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) and pictured above, is spearheading the country’s first bioengineering program at UTEC .
Thanks to your support, scientists at the University of Namibia (UNAM) School of Pharmacy have equipment to train the country’s first Pharmacy Technician students! With their Instrumental Access equipment, researchers at the School of Pharmacy will also accelerate drug discovery work to combat the global rise of drug-resistant infections. An Instrumental Access shipment containing 148 pieces of lab equipment arrived at the UNAM School of Pharmacy in Windhoek, Namibia. In addition to being the newest pharmacy school on the African continent and the first School of Pharmacy in the country, UNAM is Seeding Labs’ first Instrumental Access partner in Namibia! Students unpack a microcentrifuge in the …