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The UK team have arrived at Madex home Tana Jacaranda

So today’s the day!! The rest of the team will fly out to Marolambo to meet the other 5 who flew out yesterday. The last few days have been busy for us all. We have had several meetings including meetings with the Madagascan Head of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Madagascan Head of Communicable Disease and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Antananarivo. In between these meetings we have managed to fit in some ultrasound training, kit purchasing (including and official Madex stamp) and several local beers! Not to mention we are now all fluent in French (especially Steve) – “parce que the truck fell in the ditch”!when explaining the 2015 expedition to Dr Louis, Head of NTDs.

Hannah and Graham teaching the team the ultrasound methodology

Let’s hope this journey to Marolambo goes smoother than Caitlin and Alice’s journey to Madagascar at the weekend! They had a luxurious evening spent on Amsterdam airport floor after missing their transfer by 10 minutes. Nevertheless, they got on the next plane to Paris, a slight diversion, and joined Robbie and Steve on their flight to Madagascar! Eventually the whole team were together by Midnight on Sunday.

We met all of the Malagasy team yesterday who are just as excited as we are and we can’t wait to get started on our research!

See you on the other side!!!!

Madex 2019 team

Robbie trying out his leech socks affectionately packed by Yvonne

Tahiry and our taxi driver to the university

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