• Boy fishing

    At risk of infection with Schistosoma mansoni (Bilharzia).

  • Children with bare feet

    At risk of infection by hookworm larvae which live in damp soil.

  • Testing cognitive function at 15 months of age

    Children were assessed at age 15 months and five years.

  • Presenting certificates to volunteer local council field workers

    Volunteers were trained to complete a short questionnaire, take the child’s temperature and perform a malaria slide

  • In the immunology laboratory

    Samples are processed to investigate effects of worm infections on immune responses

  • Sisters in the maternity ward

    Participating in completing research questionnaires

  • With friends from the Anthill Foundation

    Building a new, larger, maternity ward

  • Follow up

    The field team works with the community to ensure good follow up of participants

  • Allergy testing

    Using skin prick testing to find out which substances a participant is allergic to

  • Malaria

    Preparing slides for malaria microscopy

  • EMaBS children

    Attending the clinic for care and follow up

  • Training

    Harriet Mpairwe receives the Woodruff medal at the LSHTM for her PhD thesis on worms and eczema

  • Visiting children at home

  • Preparing infants for immunisation


Logo_groupedThe Entebbe Mother and Baby Study (EMaBS) is a unique birth cohort, on-going in Africa. The study was designed as a trial [ISRCTN32849447], to investigate possible benefits of treating worm infections during pregnancy and early childhood.  Now the cohort is providing many opportunities to explore and understand how experiences early in life can affect health outcomes in the tropics.

The study is based at the Entebbe General Hospital and at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit.


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