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The inauguration of a new joint Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU) and Borderland Health Foundation (BHF) Building took place in Mae Ramat, Thailand, this week.

Group photo in front of New SMRU building © @SMRU/Borderland Health Foundation (BHF)

This joint venture was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Department of Medicine and will provide quality health care to the marginalized populations living on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border in the Mae Sot area, and Tak Province. SMRU delivers this through a unique combination of research and humanitarian services, with an emphasis on maternal-child health and infectious diseases.

The ceremony commenced with speeches by the deputy chief of the Tak Provincial Health Authority; Prof Chris Conlon, Head of NDM's Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health; Dr Julia Kemp from the Wellcome Trust; and Dr Supakit Sirilak, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Thai Ministry of Public Health. The building was then formally opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Dr Supakit, Dr Kemp, Prof Gavin Screaton, Head of the Medical Sciences Division, and Prof François Nosten, the founding Director of both SMRU and BHF.

Read more on the NDM website