• 1033 Pregnant women

  • 7 Participating Areas

  • 29 Specialists

Meki - Mother and child;    Tamara - Future

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.

Participating Areas

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.

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    Aim to include: 600 pregnant women

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    Aim to include: 200 pregnant women

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    Brokopondo Region

    Villages: Pikien Saron - Powakka - Redidoti - Klaaskreek - Brownsweg
    Aim to include: 80 pregnant women

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    Aim to include: 30 pregnant women

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    Apoera & Wasjabo

    Aim to include: 30 women

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    Upper Suriname

    Villages: Goejaba en Djoemoe
    Aim to include: 40 pregnant women

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    Aim to include 20 pregnant women


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Our experts

Various experts from Suriname and U.S.A are involved in this project. Please scroll through the list for an overview of our experts.

Dr. Wilco

Dr. Wilco Zijlmans

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dennis

Prof. Dennis Mans

Principal Investigator

Prof. Maureen

Prof. Maureen Lichtveld

Principal Investigator

Dr. Emily

Dr. Emily Harville

Associate Professor Epidemiologist

Dr. Stacy

Dr. Stacy Drury

Associate Professor - Expert consultant

Dr. Jeff

Dr. Jeff Wickliffe

Associate Professor - Expert consultant

Dr. Ashna

Dr. Ashna Hindori-Mohangoo


Dr. Paul

Dr. Paul Ouboter


Prof. dr. Tobi

Prof. dr. Tobi Graafsma

Consultant / Psychotherapist

Dr. Brad

Dr. Brad Hawkins

Coordinator MeKi Tamara

Drs. Gaitree

Drs. Gaitree Baldewsingh

Coordinator MeKi Tamara - Interior

Drs Radha

Drs Radha Ramjatan

Coordinator MeKi Tamara - Nickerie

Drs. Sigrid

Drs. Sigrid Mac Donald - Ottevanger

Coordinator MeKi Tamara

Drs. Marvin

Drs. Marvin Dipoikromo


Drs. Jimmy

Drs. Jimmy Roosblad

Expert Clinical Laboratory

Drs. Sila

Drs. Sila Kisoensingh


Dr. John

Dr. John Codrington

Head of the Clinical Laboratory


Gimradj Dwarka



Jeetendra Jitan



Nisha Doerga



Anisma Gokoel



Sue-Ann Sitaram


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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

Program Overview

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.

"Research reported in this publication was supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Disease Control under Award Number U01 TW0010087. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health."