MeKi Tamara project

December 19, 2018


The MeKi Tamara project studies the effects of mercury and pesticides on the maternal health and the health of unborn children in Suriname.

In total, 1000 pregnant women have been included in the MeKi Tamara project. The project was launched in 2016 and costs US$ 3 million.

The main goal of this project is to assess the impact of exposures to neurotoxicants, such as mercury and pesticides, on maternal and child health in Suriname. Together with other health agencies such as Medical Mission Primary Health Care, a study will be conducted on the exact impact of these toxic substances on the health of the society. The mental and physical development of children of the participating women will be followed and monitored from birth until they are four years old. The MeKi Tamara project is the result of a unique collaboration between the Research Center of the Academic Hospital (AZ) Paramaribo, the Tulane University from New Orleans and the Anton de Kom University, supported by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

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MeKi Tamara is one of seven projects sponsored by the National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center, United States. Award number 1U01TW010087-01.


Program Overview

The overall objective of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program is to support the development of institutions in the low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, training, curriculum and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to 1) a LMIC institution for research and 2) a U.S. institution to coordinate research training. Together all regional hubs supported will form the GEOHealth Network, a platform for coordinated environmental and occupational health research and research training activities.

"Research reported in this publication was supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Disease Control under Award Number U01 TW0010087. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."