DIAS in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

The management of DIAS and SDU is currently in West Africa. The purpose is to visit the Bandim Health Project on location and to inspect the multidisciplinary research station organized by University of Southern Denmark, SDU. 

By Susanne Siig Petersen

GUINEA-BISSAU: A Danish delegation of Vice-Chancellor Henrik Dam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Bjarne Graabech Sørensen, Chair in DIAS Christine Stabell Benn and Director of DIAS, Marianne Holmer are currently in Guinea-Bissau in West Africa to see the work of the Bandim Health Project and the research facilities.

During the trip they paid a visit to the National Hospital Simão Mendes to see the randomized studies and data-collection.

Director Marianne Holmer tells enthusiastic about their experiences:

“An exciting day when we first visited the hospital in Bissau to see the vaccination program, which is being led by the Bandim Healt Project. Next, we visited UNICEF to hear how they work with the water resources in the country and in the afternoon, we visited the Bandim project.”

“It was super interesting to hear about the many different projects that have been running for over 40 years on site and which are stored in folders all over the station.”


“It was even more exciting to be in the field, where we each joined families to get the status of the children listed in the vaccination program.”