MMP films published

We were joined for a few days at various points on our trip by talented filmmaker Ezra Byrne. Check out the short film he made about the project: and a slightly longer version here:

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Mobile Malaria Project featured in Geographical Magazine

We are eternally grateful to the Royal Geographical Society and Jaguar Land Rover. Their belief in the project and support from the word go gave us the opportunity to go to Africa and work with scientists to test and develop mobile genetic sequencing technology. It was therefore a pleasure to help Geographical, the RGS magazine, […]

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Mobile Malaria Project at London Calling 2019

London Calling is the annual conference organised by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the company that makes the small portable DNA sequencing machine that we took on our trip: the MinION. Both Jason and George were invited to speak at the conference. We met lots of other mobile sequencing enthusiasts and Jason gave an overview of the […]

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Week 6: Entomological surveys in Kisumu

We arrived in Kisumu the day before World Malaria Day. Unfortunately this marked the end of the journey for Isaac, our project medic. Isaac had provided invaluable help with planning the trip, particularly with regards to our health and safety and risk management, and if we all get to the end of the trip without […]

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Week 5: Transiting through Tanzania

We’d been away for almost a month now but most of the major driving had been confined to the four days getting from Namibia to Zambia. We now had several long driving days ahead of us and a week to get to Kisumu in Kenya on Lake Victoria. On our map this looked like a […]

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Week 4: Using the mobile lab for the first time

Our first week in Zambia had been productive. The plan for the second week was to leave Lusaka and travel to the Copperbelt province a few hours drive north of the capital. We’d been staying in a cheap and basic guesthouse in Lusaka which, whilst close to NMEC, was not the most restful. By our […]

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Week 3: Trialling mobile genetic sequencing in Zambia

In many ways, Namibia had been a perfect start to our trip. We had time to meet and talk with people in Windhoek and beyond and had visited a malaria clinic in the north. With every conversation and experience our understanding of the challenges of malaria in the country was growing. Through our conversations with […]

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Week 2: Learning about malaria in Northern Namibia

Northern Namibia is one of the best places on the planet to spot large animals. Hippo, crocodiles, ostrich and zebra all flock to the watering holes here. Elephants are also quite common, and we were  lucky enough to see some out the windows of our Land Rover as we drove the six hours from Rundu […]

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Week 1: The Immobile Malaria Project

We arrived in Walvis Bay on the west coast of Namibia a week ago. Walvis Bay is one of the main ports on the south-west coast of Africa, linking the Atlantic ocean to the interior via the Trans Caprivi Highway. Although it’s a relatively small town, it’s a major port and has been an important […]

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A hot summer’s day in London

This was it. After months of proposal writing, submissions, re-submissions and panel interviews, we were again travelling to the Royal Geographical Society to defend our expedition plan. It was a baking hot day in the middle of the 2018 heatwave and the grass in Hyde Park was as dry as my mouth. At the beginning […]

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