MeKi Tamara is the result of a unique collaboration between the Research Center of the Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Tulane University, New Orleans, and the Anton de Kom University, Suriname, supported by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
The overall goal of this project is to assess the impact of exposures to neurotoxicants (such as heavy metals and pesticides) on maternal and child health in Suriname while preserving the unique assets, health and cultural traditions of indigenous and other health disparate populations.
For its primary project, the team will follow 1,000 pregnant women from various regions of Suriname in the regions Paramaribo, Nickerie and Sipaliwini. In the capital Paramaribo 600 women will be recruited from the four largest hospitals: Academic Hospital Paramaribo, Diakonessenhuis, 's Lands Hospitaal and St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis. The remaining 400 will be recruited from Nickerie and Sipaliwini.
In Nickerie a total of 200 pregnant women will be recruited from the Dr. L. Mungra Streekziekehuis Nickerie and various outpatient clinics of the Regionale Gezondheids Dienst.
In Sipaliwini a total of 200 pregnant women will be included in the study from the Medical Mission posts, among both Maroon and Indigenous population.
Children of mothers who experience the highest and lowest exposures will be followed-up for four years to assess their neuropsychological development.
Aim to include: 600 pregnant women
Aim to include: 200 pregnant women
Villages: Pikien Saron - Powakka - Redidoti - Klaaskreek - Brownsweg
Aim to include: 80 pregnant women
Aim to include: 30 pregnant women
Aim to include: 30 women
Villages: Goejaba en Djoemoe
Aim to include: 40 pregnant women
Aim to include 20 pregnant women
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MeKi Tamara is a Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH) and is one of seven GeoHealthHubs funded by United States National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center. Award number 1U01TW010087-01
The overall objective of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program is to support the development of institutions in the low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, training, curriculum and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to 1) a LMIC institution for research and 2) a U.S. institution to coordinate research training. Together all regional hubs supported will form the GEOHealth Network, a platform for coordinated environmental and occupational health research and research training activities.