DATURA Mission to Guinea, Conakry – July 05-09th, 2021

The visiting team was composed of Hicham ABOUINAN, international data manager, Jean-Pierre MOLES, laboratory coordinator, and Catherine QUILLET, international project manager, from the international coordinating trial unit.

The Guinea team was led by Boubacar Djelo DIALLO, principal investigator, and Lansana Mady CAMARA, Head of the Pneumophtisiology department at Ignace Deen hospital.

The main objective of the visit was to assess and prepare the site for the implementation of the DATURA study in the Pneumo-Phtisiology department of the Ignace Deen National Hospital, with a focus on study human resources, recruitment and management of participants, flow of laboratory samples and performance of analyses, and data management.


Meetings were held with Dr Mohamed AWADA, Director of Ignace Deen National Hospital and Dr Youssouf KOITA, National Co-ordinator of the National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Control Programme to present the DATURA study.

The team also visited the Centre for the care of HIV/AIDS patients at Donka Hospital and discussed with Dr Mohamed CISSE, Head of the Dermatology and STD department, the opportunity for this Centre to become a study site to complete the recruitment of participants.


The key members of the Guinean team (principal investigator, project manager, monitor, laboratory coordinators) have good experience of clinical research gained during several studies. The role and responsibility of each team member in the study was discussed. After a fruitful exchange of information, the study procedures were drafted. Training in the use of the Redcap software was provided and training on good clinical practice will be organised to bring everyone up to speed.


According to the visiting team, the mission was a great success and the site is soon ready to start the inclusions. They expressed their thanks to their Guinean hosts.