Contact Address Details:
CIAM Public Health Research
& Development Centre
(Centre for Innovation
Banjul area Head office
Plot 17, Kanifing Institutional Layout
PO Box 2723 Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4394624
The PHRDC is a registered non-governmental health research
organisation which gained NGO status in 2006.
The Centre for Innovation Against Malaria in Gambia (CIAM)
is a research institute specialising in public health issues
such as malaria, HIV / Aids & related diseases such as
TB and anaemia. The centre also carries out evaluation and
monitoring of large scale nationwide programmes in the region
of West Africa as well as provide technical backup. CIAM began
as a facet of an Africa wide malaria research and capacity
building joint program called The Gates Malaria Partnership
This partnership is financed by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation and functioning under the stewardship
of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In 2001 the
Gates Malaria Partnership established The Centre for Innovation
CIAM's local partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC) and
The Gambia National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) which it
has worked with since 2001.
Its principal target groups are children aged 5 or under and
expectant mothers with a focus on HIV and malaria though
they are cognisant of the connection of these with many other
• Enhancing capacity within the health sector in the West Africa
region in important areas such as data analysis, interpretation,
evaluation and monitoring.
• Encouraging evidence-based decision making in all layers
of the health sector.
• Filling in data gaps and information.
• Bringing together the ideas and expertise of health policy
makers, doctors and scientists to seek ways to enhance
nationwide services and evaluate pilot schemes in West Africa.
Intern students must be enrolled in a university or having finished
an undergraduate or graduate course.
Their building complex in Kanifing they have an air-conditioned,
theatre style conference room which can seat up to 100 people
with additional breakout rooms for group discussions &
work. Among the facilities are an LCD projector, a PA system
with roving microphones, a flipchart, disabled access, refreshments