The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of exposures to neurotoxicants (such as heavy metals and pesticides) on maternal and child health in Suriname while preserving the unique assets, health and cultural traditions of indigenous and and other health disparate populations.
Meki - Mother and child; Tamara - Future
MeKi Tamara is the result of a unique collaboration between the Research Center of the Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Tulane University, New Orleans, and the Anton de Kom University, Suriname, supported by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of exposures to neurotoxicants (such as heavy metals and pesticides) on maternal and child health in Suriname while preserving the unique assets, health and cultural traditions of indigenous and other health disparate populations.
MeKi Tamara is a Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH) and is one of seven GeoHealthHubs funded by United States National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center. Award number 1U01TW010087-01
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."
Various experts from Suriname and U.S.A are involved in this project. Here you can read more on these experts.
For its primary project, the team will follow 1,000 pregnant women from various regions of Suriname in the regions Paramaribo, Nickerie and Sipaliwini. In the capital Paramaribo 600 women will be recruited from the four largest hospitals: Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Diakonessenhuis, 's Lands Hospitaal and St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis. The remaining 400 will be recruited from Nickerie and Sipaliwini.
Partners & sponsors
Without the commitment and the professional expertise of our partners & sponsors, the MeKi Tamara project would not be what it is today. Therefore we would like to thank you and look forward to further cooperation.
We have not remained unknown to the public. After the launch in October 2015, the media has regularly paid attention to the MeKi Tamara project.