Institut de Recherche en Sciences de La Sante (IRSS)


Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS) is one of four technical divisions of the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST), Burkina Faso. IRSS was created in 1997 and its overall goals are to seek solutions to priority health problems through research, to coordinate health related research in Burkina Faso, and to disseminate research results. The institute is organised in two departments (Biomedical and Public Health Department and the Traditional Medicine and Pharmacia Department). In addition to the Head Office which is in Ouagadougou, IRSS has a Regional Office in Bobo-Dioulasso that represents the institute in this part of the country.

The regional staff of IRSS, Bobo-Dioulasso, includes 9 senior researchers (Parasitology, Immunology, Virology, Biochemistry and Pharmacotoxicology, Entomology), 2 research assistants (Parasitology, Molecular Biology), 7 young MD or PharmD, 15 doctorate students (MD, Pharm) and 3 ongoing Msc students.

Description of the Research Site

IRSS, main building

IRSS, main building

The main site is based in Bobo-Dioulasso, a city of approximately 450,000 inhabitants, situated in the western region of Burkina Faso.

The climate is characterized by a rainy season (May–October) and a dry season (November–April).

Malaria is holoendemic in the region, with transmission peaking during the rainy season with uncomplicated falciparum malaria at around 56%; the entomological inoculation rate is approximately 697 infectious bites per person per year in Bama in 1999.

The WANECAM/EDCTP study site is a peripheral health center in the district of Do and is staffed by six or seven nurses, a midwife and includes a short-term observation room, a delivery room, and a pharmacy with essential generic drugs.


Pr Jean-Bosco Ouedraogo, MD, PhD

Pr. Jean-Bosco Ouedraogo, MD, PhD

  • Pr. Jean-Bosco Ouedraogo, MD, PhD (Local PI), is a recognized scientist in parasitologyand particularly in malaria research and control (chimoresistance in vivo/in vitro). He is also involved in the parasitology teaching programme of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ouagadougou.
  • Dr. Issaka Zongo, MD, (Co-Investigator), is now completing a PhD sandwich program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Zongo has experience with clinical trials and is a recognised clinical monitor for the World Health Organization. Dr Zongo will coordinate the field activities of the WANECAM/EDCTP project for IRSS, Burkina Faso.
  • Mr. Some Fabrice (biologist) is an ongoing PhD student who will be the lab manager.
  • Dr. Noel Rouamba is an Msc student in Bioethics and will serve as a local study monitor.
  • 3 field clinical officers, 2 nurses, 7 senior laboratory technicians (Parasitology, Hematology and Biochemistry), 3 field workers, 1 IT staff, 2 data entry personnel, and a project administrator.

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