Micro grants

Each year the SNNDZ launches a call for applications for its micro grant scheme. This funding opportunity supports small-scale research initiatives and south-south exchange collaborations on the topic of the control of neglected infectious diseases and/or zoonoses.


Reports, presentations and other outputs of these activities can be found below.


1. Travel grant

Participation to the 2nd Meeting of Research Network of Natural Product against Neglected Diseases in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 25-28, 2014.

Lianet Monzote

Partner: Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri (IPK), Havana, Cuba

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2013 (call II)

1. An interferon-gamma release assay for the study of resistance to Leishmania (viannia) peruviana infection among endemic andean population.

Mateo Prochazka Núñez

Partner: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Tropical Medicine, Peru

2. In vitro susceptibility tests for phenotyping oxidative stress tolerance in Leishmania braziliensis clinical isolates.

       Vanessa Adaui

       Partner: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Tropical Medicine, Peru

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3. Application for funding a visit to the Clinical Research Unit of Nanoro (www.crun.bf/), Burkina Faso to

Yitagele Terefe Mekonnen

Partner: Haramaya University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ethiopia

Summary of the exchange: Participation to a course on all epidemiological and microbiological aspects of the respective study (in October 2013) 

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2013 (call I)

1. Evaluation of non-invasive sampling based on cytology brushes for PCR-based diagnosis and typing of Leishmania in cutaneous leishmaniasis-endemic regions of Latin America.

Dr Valencia Braulio (IMTAvH) - Peru

Dr Ana Lineth Garcia (IIBISMED) - Bolivia

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2. Health seeking behavior of community members related to febrile illness in Eastern Nepal and Abdominal syndrome in Indonesia.

Dr Suman Rijal and Dr Kanika Deshpande (BPKIHS) - Nepal

Dr Yodi Mahendradhata and Fransiska Meyanti (GMU) - Indonesia


3. Epidemiology and control of polyparasitism with intestinal worm infections, schistosomiasis and the Taeniasis/cysticercosis complex in a rural and co-endemic area of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Pascal Lutumba (Institut national de Recherche Biomedicale) and Dr Joule Madinga (University of Kinshasa) - RD Congo


4. Evaluation of the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) intervention for the control of Taenia Solium and Soil Transmitted Helminths in rural domestic pig-keeping populations of Katete district in the Eastern Province of Zambia.

Chitwambi Makungu (Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock) - Zambia


1. Re-assessment of the transmission cycle of leishmaniadonovani complex in Nepal and Morocco.

Partners: B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal and Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco


1. A quantitative, comparative study of Leishmania parasite load in tissue samples of tegumentary leishmaniasis patients from Bolivia and Peru: Is parasite load associated to the clinical manifestations of tegumentary leishmaniasis (cutaneous or mucosal disease)?

Partners: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Tropical Medicine, Peru & San Simon University, Bolivia

Summary of proposal: To assess the association between parasite load and clinical manifestations of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (cutaneous or mucosal disease) in two endemic settings -one in Bolivia, one in Peru- and exploring the potential use of parasite load quantification as a prognostic tool.  

Scientific Report FA3_3.15 Microcredit_Peru-Bolivia
Scientific Report FA3_3.15 Microcredit_P
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1. South-South exchange to share expertise on disease control

Partners: Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia & National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, Cambodia

Summary of the exchange: Succesful experiences in the control of dengue and helminthiasis were discussed over the course of a series of inter-institutional meetings.  

South-South exchange Cambodia-Indonesia - Activity report
South-South exchange Cambodia-Indonesia
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2. Qualitative study on soil transmitted helminthiasis control: the factors associated with the absence of control programs and health system performance.

Partner: Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Summary of proposal: To get a better idea of the performance of the local health system in regards to the management of soil transmitted helminthiasis cases, as well as better understanding the factors which impede the implementation of relevant control program guidelines in Ambon. 

GMU micro grant - STH control - study activity report
GMU micro grant - STH control - study ac
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3. Improving Kala-Azar control: reducing the gap between the public health office and the district hospital.

Partner: B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal

Summary of proposal: A previous study indicated a lack of coordination at the disctrict level in regard to the control of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Mahottari, Nepal.  The purpose of this study was to set up a VL elimination task force in order to improve district level communication and exchange on the topic of VL control and evaluate the impact of such an initiative in terms of its effect on local VL case management data.


4. Schistosomiasis and geohelminths in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of the communities and the health professionals.

Partner: National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of Congo

Summary of proposal: A descriptive study to gain a better understanding of current knowledge, attitudes and practices amongst communities and health workers in relation to helminthiasis and geohelminths.  The study aims to formulate concrete recommendations for improving relevant disease control efforts.


5. Exploration of the prohibitions related to the treatment of African sleeping sickness: the role of health care providers.

Partner: National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of Congo

Summary of proposal: A previous study showed how communities in areas endemic for African sleeping sickness link certain socio-cultural prohibitions to the treatment of this disease and illustrated how such beliefs can undermine disease control initiatives.  This study aims to document the origin of these prohibitions and to formulate recommendations for relevant disease control initiatives in light of this new information.