Grant Awarded for Antibacterial Phages in Fish
November 27, 2018
We're excited to share that scientists from our first East Africa Workshop recently won an $800,000 grant from the African Union to develop antibacterial phages for fish! The grant-winning team is led by Dr. Jesca Nakavuma of Uganda, who also served as the host for our first Workshop.
Why fish? Fish is a major source of dietary protein in Africa, but bacterial contamination is a frequent problem. Antibiotics are routinely used for disinfection, but those drugs can cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria to develop in the fish, then spread to people. Phages provide a safe alternative to antibiotics.
Please help us teach more scientists in Africa about the many exciting applications of phages. Our goal is to raise $20,000 more so that we can deliver 2 workshops in 2019, 1 each in East & West Africa. All donations are tax deductible!
Tobi Nagel, PhD - President
Karen Erickson - Treasurer
James B. Lin - Secretary