Bandim Health Project


The Bandim Health Project is a health and demographic surveillance site in Guinea-Bissau.

Surprisingly, our research has shown that vaccines not only protect against the target disease, but also modifies susceptibility to unrelated infections.

These so-called “non-specific effects” have major consequences for child survival. The results indicate that the international community can save millions of children in the world’s poorest countries, if the vaccination programs are optimized to take into account both specific and non-specific effects of vaccines.

Peter Aaby

Peter Aaby receives SEB’s prize of honor

The Danish SEB foundation has decided to award Peter Aaby its prize of honor for his work on vaccines. Read the press release and a portrait of Peter for the occasion in Danish here...
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Background

The Danish anthropologist Peter Aaby came to the capital Bissau in 1978. He set out to understand the reasons for the high mortality among children in Guinea-Bissau. Read more about Bandim Health Project...
Child and researcher

Non-specific effects of vaccines

Research done at the Bandim Health Project indicates that vaccines not only protect against the target disease, but also modulate the immune system of children in more general ways. Read more about non-specific effects of vaccines...