“Thought without practice is empty; and action without thought is blind” Kwame Nkrumah
HerpeZ is a
Zambian medical research and capacity development organization founded in 2012
by researchers interested in diagnostics and herpesvirus infections and other
neglected causes of morbidity and mortality that affect high disease burden
populations across sub-Saharan Africa. HerpeZ is supported by the EDCTP, UBS Optimus Foundation, Human Herpesvirus 6
Foundation, Thrasher Research Fund and Kids Here
& There, and has active research programmes on tuberculosis,
cytomegalovirus and human herpesvirus 6 infections, bacterial
pneumonia/sepsis/meningitis and emerging infectious diseases.
based at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, and has strong
collaborative links with the University of Zambia (both the medical and
veterinary schools) and Zambian Ministry of Health through the Zambia National
Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).
In the United Kingdom, HerpeZ partners with The University
of Lincoln and University College London. Laboratory research in the
U.K centres on the development of model systems to study respiratory
co-infection and pathogen-pathogen interactions in the respiratory tract. We are
also engaged in molecular epidemiology and genomics research studying
infectious disease transmission and the evolution of quasi-species.
committed to capacity development and in particular, the creation of career
development opportunities for Zambian and other African scientists through it's
links with the UNZA-UCLMS Mentorship Programme.
PANDORA project HerpeZ is primarily involved with delivering Work
Package 2, developing training materials and organizing training
workshops for first responders in all four Africa regions, as well as
developing mobile lab capacity in Zambia and the Republic of Congo. HerpeZ is
also involved in clinical surveillance and animal health work packages.