Abdou K. Sillah (MD)

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MRCG@LSHTM)

Abdou is a student in PhD Medical Research – International Health at the CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH (CIHLMU)

Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

Am a medical doctor who is currently working as a Research Clinician at Tuberculosis Platform at MRCG@LSHTM. After graduating from the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of The Gambia, I worked at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital as Medical Officer and later went to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010/2011 to do my MSc on Tropical Medicine and International Health (TMIH) and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H).

Since my graduation from LSHTM, I have been working at MRCG@LSHTM as a Research Clinician conducting studies on TB.

I have also been involved in drafting guidelines and policies of the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Programme (NLTP) of The Gambia.

Please tell us a little bit about your research…

My research topic is: Impact of Adult Tuberculosis on Household Child Contacts in the Greater Banjul area of The Gambia with the aim of evaluating the socio-economic and health impact of adult tuberculosis on child contacts and the household social support in the Greater Banjul Area of The Gambia. My study is nested into the TB Sequel study which is a multi-centred study including The Gambia.

What is the most exciting thing about your job and or research?

The most exciting thing about my job is diagnosing and managing patients with TB and assessing the socioeconomic impacts of TB in The Gambian context. This has given me an insight of how TB affects people and their families and what could have been done to addressing the disease and its socioeconomic impacts.