General Lakana

Updates from the field!

CVD-Mali’s Lakana trial is going from strength to strength.

Having started in Kita and expanded to Sagabari and Sefeto, the trial is now entering Koulikoro region and health districts around Kati and Oulessebougou.

We are immensely proud of the work our Lakana teams have done so far – and of the excellent relationships they have built in communities everywhere they have been.

The following video is a brief document of some of the challenges and triumphs they have encountered so far.

It is also a heartfelt thank you to every single member of our teams for their tirelessness and dedication.

COVID-19 General

Prof Sow joins Bill Gates to promote a truly global pandemic response taskforce

As COVID-19 has slipped down the news agenda in recent months, it may be tempting to think that the worst is now behind us and that we can all put our feet up and relax again.

As an important new book amply demonstrates, however, doing so would be a huge mistake.

On 6 May 2022, CVD-Mali Director-general, Professor Samba Sow, was delighted to join Bill Gates at the Paris launch of his latest book, How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.

L to R: Prof Samba Sow, Bill Gates, Dr Sylvie Briand, Dr Ilona Kickbusch. Photo by Krystal Kenney (

The book is a call for a robust and fully functional global health management initiative, to ensure that we are not caught unawares when the next pandemic hits us.

Gather strength in peace time

Mr Gates proposes that a new “Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization” initiative be set up, to ensure that we do all that we can to start those preparations now.

Now is absolutely the time to ensure that we have proper surveillance systems, to cover the entire globe and capture the early signals not only of new COVID-19 variants but also of the next potentially even more deadly pandemic.


Prof Sow features in BMGF’s Working Dinner video series

This starts with communities. It doesn’t start in front of a computer sitting here in Seattle or sitting in Geneva. You have to be inside the community. You have to be where the problems are.

Samba Sow, Director General, Center for Vaccine Development (Mali)