BRIGHT Academy

BRIGHT Academy

BRIGHT Academy is an umbrella organisation for 8 research and health institutions that have focused on Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) since the 1990’s, its researchers are at the forefront of FGS research. They were the first to show an association between FGS and HIV, did the first community-based study on fertility and FGS, showed that children have FGS, and found an association between HPV and FGS. Currently the focus of BRIGHT Academy is on transfer of knowledge to health professionals and management of...
Staff exchange

Staff exchange

PhD and Masters students @ BRIGHT Academy and staff may visit the institutions in the network. This is a way to receive both informal and formal training, participate in meetings, share knowledge, learn high-tech laboratory techniques and how to do fieldwork in the remotest of...
Preparing a project

Preparing a project

Professor Costas Balas (Technical University of Chania in Greece/skype) meets with Santiago Martinez, Svein Gunnar Gundersen, Eyrun Kjetland and Martin Gerdes in a thrust to disseminate the WHO Pocket Atlas for Female Genital Schistosomiasis to the whole of Africa. The professors came from University of KwaZulu-Natal, Oslo University Hospital, and University of Agder to meet @BRIGHT...
Critical PhD

Critical PhD

Dr Hashini Galappaththi-Arachchige defended her doctoral thesis where she explored the accuracy of different diagnostic tools. She found that we must find other methods to identify Female Genital Schistosomiasis. She described how river water contact is associated with genital symptoms in adolescent girls and young women in rural South Africa. ## Dean of University of Oslo Professor Borghild Roald leads the prossession, followed by Prof Charles King (Case Western University, United States), Prof Kyllike Christensen (Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden), Professor Annetine Staff (University of Oslo, Norway) and PhD Candidate Hashini Nilushika Galappaththi-Arachchige (Medical doctor, PhD) Sri Lanka/Norway/South...
On making FGS diagnosis accessible

On making FGS diagnosis accessible

Patients with Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) are not being diagnosed, neither in rural health care nor in university hospitals.       We are on the brink of making FGS diagnosis accessible where the patients are:    (a) the WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS has been given to every African country but for the Portuguese version, which is in press.    (b) clinicians have started using or WHO Pocket Atlas for FGS.    (c) the UNAIDS has invited FGS diagnosis, prevention and management into their clinics.    (d) FGS has for the first time been incorporated into the health professionals’ curricula, starting with nurses’ curriculum  in Ethiopia.    (e) more than 400 gynaecologists have had it as part of their colposcopy training in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Pamela Mbabazi from the World Health Organisation leads a session on Female Genital Schistosomiasis. In the panel Professor Tchuem-tchuente and a group of...
Joining hands to prevent cervical cancer

Joining hands to prevent cervical cancer

Prof Motshedisi has her work cut out for her with 3 epidemics in KwaZulu-Natal that contribute to cervical cancer: (1) Human Papillomavirus – we have a vaccine for children, this has been rolled out. (2) HIV – we have ART, this is available. (3) Schistosomiaisis – we can prevent it with Praziquantel in childhood, this is still needs to be managed....