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Project Introduction

The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) is a leading genomic research center on the forefront of studying, identifying, and controlling existing and emerging infectious diseases across Africa. In order to build capacity to support and train more African genomic scientists, ACEGID reached out to Build Health International to complete an eight-building campus expansion, which will add research, teaching, and housing facilities.

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Project Information

  • Timeline
    April 2021-June 2023
  • Operational Partners
& Design
& Equip
& Research
Build Health International

Project Description

The African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) is located at Redeemer’s University Ede, Nigeria. Lead by renowned molecular biologist, genomist, and professor, Dr. Christian Happi, ACEGID has a focus on building capacity in the field of genomics with African scientists. Since its founding, ACEGID has been a key facility for identifying and controlling infectious diseases as well as preparing for future epidemics within Nigeria and across the entire African continent. In 2014, ACEGID was one of the first organizations to respond to the emergence of Ebola in Lagos Nigeria, and in March 2020, it ACEGID was involved in sequencing the first COVID-19 instance in Africa.

To expand impact, capacity, and expertise, ACEGID is teaming up with Build Health International to design and build a new eight-building addition to the existing campus which includes a teaching center, research labs, offices, housing, a conference center, and a kitchen and dining facility. This new construction, which will be set on the existing campus around a communal courtyard, will allow ACEGID to host more scientists, foster greater collaboration, and ultimately increase capacity for identifying, controlling, and studying infectious diseases in Africa.