The Gambia

The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African region.

The Unit’s investigator-led research is underpinned by the combination of excellent laboratory facilities and easy access to the field with well-defined populations that are highly supportive of our research, excellent clinical services, rigorous ethical procedures and ability to deliver GCP-compliant clinical trials. Our large research portfolio spans basic research to the evaluation of interventions for the control of diseases of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa.  Research into bone health across the lifecourse has been part of the Nutrition theme research portfolio for over 25 years in The Gambia.




The Gambia Principal Investigators

Dr Landing Jarjou

Co-Gambia Co-PI  Senior Research AssociateMRC Gambia, The Gambia. Dr Jarjou trained in Medical Lab Sciences and gained a PhD training in Nutrition. His research interests include long term effects of pregnancy calcium intervention on both maternal and offspring blood pressure and fragility fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Professor Kate Ward

WP1 Lead & Gambia Co-PI  Professor of Global Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Southampton, UK and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at MRC Unit The Gambia. Prof Ward  also co-leads the Sub-Saharan Africa Musculoskeletal Network. Her research interests focus on how to achieve and maintain functional ability to ensure healthy musculoskeletal system throughout life.

Sainey Beyai

Study Co-ordinator in The Gambia Based at the MRC Unit, The Gambia.  Sainey is a nurse midwife with special interests in musculoskeletal health, imaging and global health.  He has 8 years experience as a research nurse coordinator working as an integral member of the Keneba clinic/Fajara team on various projects.

Musa Jarjou

Data Manager MRC Unit, The Gambia



Amadou Jallow

PhD Candidate




Nyima Gomez

Assistant Nurse Co-ordinator

I am a BSC Nurse who is passionate about research. I have a keen interest in echocardiograph, musculoskeletal disorders, global and public health and nutrition.




Mustapha Ceesay

Field Co-ordinator/ Imaging





Lamin Jammeh

Field Supervisor





 Buba Ceesay

Senior Field Worker





 Kissima Sawo

Field Work Supervisor/Imaging






Musa Sanyang
Field Worker







Mariama Jammeh

Senior Field Worker




 Isatou Jammeh

Senior Field Worker/Imaging






Malang Jammeh

Field Worker







Antouman Jagne

Nurse Field Worker






Awa Touray





Sirimang Malang

Field Worker






Lamin Sowe

Field Supervisor






Fabakery Bajo

Field Worker







Yaya Sallah

Lab Technician