The US Ambassador to Mali, Dennis B. Hankins, and the Minister of National Education, Scientific Research and Higher Education, Professor Mahamadou Famanta had a guided tour to the University Clinical Research Center (UCRC) .
The UCRC is part of the International Center for Excellence in Research (ICER Mali), a collaboration between NIH and the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB). The UCRC provides basic research capabilities in areas such as research regulation, data management and diagnostics.
It also helps researchers to initiate and implement research protocols. With a staff of more than 600 agents, ICER Mali is a joint initiative which is part of a biomedical research partnership between Mali and the United States.
ICER Mali plays a big role in the fight against tropical diseases and infectious diseases like COVID-19. A total of 90% of the samples of COVID-19 cases are analyzed at this center. Results are available between four and six hours after the test. The center has a capacity of 180 tests in 24 hours. English and version of the vidéo: