Improving women's health in Peru with the support of higher education institutions, women and local authorities
PhD Sandra Condori
Sandra performed her Bachelo studies in Peru then she studied a master in molecular biology at Belgian Universities of Brussels, Leuven, and Antwerp. She started a Ph.D. within the framework of the MELiSSA project (Micro-Ecological Life Support System – European Space Agency) in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK-CEN). After her promotion in 2016, Sandra joined the Lebeer Lab in 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher. She focuses on vaginal microbiome on developing projects for capacity building in developing countries, such as Peru and Cameroon.
PhD student Josiane Kenfack
Student at University of Yaounde - Cameroon. Institut De Recherches Medicales Et D'etudes Des Plantes Medicinales (IMPM) - Centre de Recherches sur les Maladies Emergentes et Re-emergentes (CREMER). She is a team member of the Rose Leke project in Cameroon
Speaking openly about vaginal health is taboo in Peru, and public attention to intimate female care has been neglected for decades.
For instance, during the present pandemic, several primary health care centers shut down gynaecological consultations, affecting women suffering from vaginal infections.
With the current Laura 2.0 project, we aim to create a national (in Peru) and international research network investigating on vaginal health by actively engaging several key stakeholders from society and academia.
Moreover, Laura 2.0 is developing research capacities in Peruvian researchers and more importantly, it is involving (for the first time in Peru), citizens (women) in science, via a citizen science project inspired by the Belgian Isala project (https://isala.be/en).