Sites in South Africa
BRIGHT is a collaboration of international partners and we work at different sites all over the world.
Clinical work – two clinics
The work in South Africa started in Ugu District 2009 and BRIGHT has two youth clinics called “VIBE youth clinic”. The one is in Izotsha (Ugu District), South Africa. In 2012 another youth clinic was established in Otimati (Ilembe District). These are research stations for Bilharzia. The clinics currently employ over 25 health workers, research assistants, lab personal and support staff.
What’s happening now: Research in ongoing only in Izotsha (the Southern site) where we are seeing young ladies. In Ilembe and Uthungulu we are using mobile teams to approach young ladies who need a follow-up.
Laboratory work – several sites
Parasitology, flow cytometry, PCR, serology are performed in the HPP facilities or Microbiology of the University of KwaZulu-Natal or in the two clinic sites (above). Some analyses have also been done in our facilities in Leiden and Antwerp.
What’s happening now: Many specimens have been analysed. Other laboratory projects are in the pipeline pending funding.
Scientific analyses, reports and management – several sites
Data analyses and writing is done in the BRIGHT’s offices in Durban, Margate, and Izotsha. Furthermore, much work is done overseas in our offices in Oslo, Copenhagen and Leiden.
What’s happening now: Our scientists are busy interpreting what they have found in the clinics and in the laboratories. This is hard work and can take years.