Second Annual Research Symposium: Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group

March 15, 2010


Health research in Sierra Leone is currently conducted, managed, and financed by diverse organizations, with very little coordination. Seeking to improve coordination and share knowledge, a group of concerned scientists, physicians, medical students, and others, known as the Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group (HBIOMED-SL), met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 18–19, 2010. This report summarizes the symposium and covers three days of site visits and needs assessments conducted by representatives of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health.

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