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.

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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...
The arc of the swallow

Danish crime novel inspired by BHP

"Arc of the swallow" by Sissel-Jo Gazan soon to be published in the US Read more about the book...
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...