Map of The Gambia showing MRCG main sites and field stations

MRC Unit The Gambia is located across a number of campuses, research sites and clinics.


The MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s main operational base is in Fajara. It has been in existence for over 70 years and is approximately 9 miles down the coast from the capital Banjul. The 100 acre site in Fajara has over 40 residential units and its home to the main administrative, infrastructural and technical support departments including Information Technology, Facilities, Biomedical Engineering, Procurement, Logistics, Transport Services, Human Resources, Finance and Health, Safety & Environment departments. These services provided by the operations team underpins the diversity of high quality scientific endeavours while establishing more effective cross cover of specialized expertise to drive improvements and operational efficiency.

Basse and Wali Kunda

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Basse Field Station is located in the Upper River Region (URR) in the eastern part of The Gambia about 350 km from Banjul. The Field Station was established in 1982 and in the past few years its facilities have been upgraded to accommodate large‐scale trials/studies, such as Pneumococcal Vaccine Trial, Meningitis Vaccine Project, Pneumococcal Surveillance Project, Global Enteric Multi-centre Study and Vaccine Impact on Diarrhoea in Africa, and the trial on the efficacy of single low dose of primaquine in malaria asymptomatic carriers.


MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Keneba is a rural Field Station situated in the Kiang West region of The Gambia, about 2 hours by road from MRC Fajara. It is located in the village of Keneba, the largest village in an area of predominantly subsistence agriculture. MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM has had a presence in the area for nearly 70 years and enjoys an excellent relationship with the local community. Most research activities of the Nutrition Theme are done in Keneba.