Connecting LMIC Researchers with Expertise and Resources

LMIC scientists are increasingly active participants in the global movement to perform important R&D on diseases of poverty and non-communicable diseases. In many cases a lack of cutting-edge R&D expertise and infrastructure within LMIC research institutions hinders progress and limits innovation and product development. BVGH seeks to address these gaps through Fellowship and Equipment Donation programs.

Fellowship Program

BVGH coordinates and manages the placement of industry and academic scientists at LMIC institutes, as well as LMIC researchers at companies and universities, for short-term research fellowships and sabbaticals. The fellowship experience provides an invaluable opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and relationships that can transform careers and advance research.

BVGH responsibilities include identifying and profiling company and academic scientists and LMIC researchers to match skills and needs, pairing participants’ skills and needs, introducing participating groups prior to the fellowship, maintaining communication throughout placement, and reporting impact following the fellowship.

Equipment Donation Program

BVGH places gently used laboratory equipment sourced from biopharmaceutical companies at research institutions in LMICs to enhance in-country R&D capabilities.

To ensure a successful and sustainable equipment placement, BVGH profiles R&D projects and identifies equipment needs of research centers in LMICs; matches participating companies’ gently used equipment with the needs of researchers; liaises between companies and research centers to coordinate shipping logistics; and tracks outcomes and impacts of donated equipment

BVGH Fellow (from Merck & Co., Inc.*) providing hands-on training for students at the University of Buea, Cameroon

BVGH Fellow (from Merck & Co., Inc.*) conducting a seminar for students and staff at the University of Buea, Cameroon

Researcher at the University of Buea using a donated HPLC system

What do our partners say about their fellowship and equipment donation experiences?

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“My fellowship experience was life-changing. I not only gained a unique perspective on health systems in other parts of the world, but I also tested my leadership skills and ability to adapt to foreign environments. I look forward to applying these real-life learnings in my work to drive Merck & Co.’s* mission to help the world be well.”

Click here to read Dr. Minnihan’s account of her time at the University of Buea.

Dr. Ellen Minnihan Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA*

“The coming of the Merck & Co.* scientists to our laboratory at the University of Buea for several weeks, over multiple years, was very impactful and was a great honor for us. Not only did they impart industrial level insights and skills, and donate capital intensive pieces of equipment to us, they also made us their friends, paving the way for sustainable and more fruitful collaborations.”

Professor Fidelis Cho-Ngwa University of Buea, Cameroon

“The advent of the analytical HPLC machine at the University of Buea has led to a revolution in the research and teaching domains.”

Professor Evans Mainsah University of Buea, Cameroon
* Known as MSD outside of the US and Canada. 

Common Equipment Needs

•  Analytical balance
•  Cell sorter
•  Flow cytometer
•  HPLC – analytical
•  HPLC – preparatory
•  Lyophilizer
•  Microscope – fluorescent
•  Millipore water system


•  pH meter
•  Plate reader – microplate, ELISA
•  Rotary evaporator – with vacuum
•  Shaker/rocker/rotator
•  Sonicator
•  Thermocycler – PCR
•  Thermocycler – qPCR/RT-PCR
•  Vortex mixer

Learn More

To learn more about BVGH's Fellowship and Equipment Donation programs, contact Amy Starr.