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The Bolivian Study

Invasive pneumococcal disease remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries particularly due to pneumonia and meningitis This Funding will provide a platform for an active collaboration between the Scottish Meningococcal and Pneumococcal reference Laboratory (SMPRL) and both the Bolivian Pneumococcal Reference Laboratory in La Paz and the health Centre services in the city of Trinadad in the Bern region of Bolivia. Bolivia has the highest percentage of deaths in children attributed to acute lower respiratory tract infections in Latin America at 15-20%. In addition, Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and the Beni region is the poorest region within Bolivia.

This collaboration will provide a platform for technology transfer, through teaching and training from the Scottish Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory (SMPRL) to the Bolivian Pneumococcal Reference Laboratory. In addition working with the Health Centre in Trinadad we will help document and categorise the strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae which colonise school children in the Beni region of Bolivia which may aid both vaccination planning and may improve the rational prescription of antibiotics in the region and subsequently may help us understand the virulence between strains and geographical regions.

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