Sept. 4, 2018
Scientist from Eijkman Institute’s Molecular Bacteriology Unit, Ms. Wa Ode Dwi Daningrat (Dwi) received 2018 International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Research Grants for her research proposal to study the antimicrobial resistance profile of Streptococcus pneumoniae in children under 5 years of age in Wakatobi, Indonesia. She is among 7 other recipients from other countries in Africa and Asia.
Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae or pneumococcus) is a leading cause of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis among children and adults worldwide. In 2012, World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that within 8.8 million global annual deaths in children, 476,000 among them were caused by pneumococcal infection with the majority of deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Growing resistances of S. pneumoniae to the commonly used antibiotics lead to WHO recognition of this pathogen as one of the priority antimicrobial resistant (AMR) pathogens.
Dwi’s research proposal is a cross-sectional study aimed to describe serotype distribution and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of S. pneumoniae colonizing the respiratory tracts of healthy Indonesian children less than 5 years of age. Study participants will be identified through monthly community health extension clinics (Posyandu) held at the village or community level. The study will involve the collection of epidemiology data and nasopharyngeal swab from eligible children aged 0 -59 months of age, after informed consent. Sample will be analyzed in Molecular Bacteriology Laboratory at the Eijkman Institute for the identification, detection and isolation of S. pneumoniae and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST).
Dwi currently works as a Research Assistant in Molecular Bacteriology Laboratory of Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology under supervision of Dr. Dodi Safari. Her interest is on the epidemiology and mechanism of antimicrobial resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae.
About ISID’s research grants
ISID’s research grants are one of the Society’s commitment to funding researchers from countries which bear the greatest burden of infectious disease. To date over 175 grants have been awarded to infectious diseases researchers from 46 countries where up to eight grants of up to US$ 7,000 each will be awarded annually and are available to support the professional development of young investigators working in the field of human infectious diseases by funding pilot research projects for one-year at the applicant’s institution. The proposals were reviewed by experts in the field of infectious diseases chosen by the Society and grants awarded by ISID’s Research Committee in collaboration with the ISID research program’s director and manager.