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Kalifa Bojang

Kalifa Bojang

Head of Paediatrics, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital

Kalifa Bojang is the head of the paediatric department of the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital and a Senior clinical scientist at the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia. Kalifa Bojang studied medicine at University of Zambia, qualifying in 1984. He trained in paediatrics at Guys Hospital, London; Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London and St Luke University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium. He undertook a PhD with Sir Brian Greenwood at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Hygiene on the chemoprevention of anaemia.

After training in UK, he worked at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital from 1992-1995. He was awarded a Rockefeller Training Fellowship in 1993 to study the management of severe malaria anaemia. He joined the MRC Unit in 1995 as research clinician in the malaria programme. He was Head of Basse Field between 1999-2000 then again 2005-2007, working on various descriptive and intervention studies relating to child health, especially malaria. In 2003, he was awarded a Gates Malaria Partnership fellowship to investigate whether monthly chemoprevention with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) given during the malaria transmission season can protect children treated previously for severe anaemia from developing a recurrence of their anaemia.

He is vice-president of The Gambian Chapter of the West African College of Physicians and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. Since January 2011, he has been seconded to University of The Gambia to head of the paediatric department of the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital. He is a member of the WHO IVR/Global Malaria Programme Joint Technical Expert Group (JTEG) on Malaria Vaccines Entering Pivotal Phase 3 Trials.