Fleming Fund Regional Grant ​SeqAfrica

​Extending whole genome capacity for AMR surveillance

A consortium of sequencing centres

​SeqAfrica has established and currently support a consortium of regional sequencing centers based in:

  • Ghana (Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, NMIMR)
  • Senegal (Institute Pasteur de Dakar, IPD)
  • South Africa (National Institute for Communicable Diseases, NICD)
    • Center for Enteric Diseases (NICD-CED)

Former consortium partners:

  • ​Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI), Tanzania
  • National Institute for Communicable diseases, Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis (NICD-CRDM), South Africa
  • University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria

Bringing WGS into AMR surveillance​

SeqAfrica's main objective is to develop, expand and support whole genome sequencing (WGS) and bioinformatics capacity for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance across Africa.

Our centers provide WGS and analysis services to surrounding countries in West, East and Southern Africa and support investigations of outbreaks, unusual resistance phenotypes, and/or delineation of the flow of organisms/genes across human, animal, agricultural and aquaqulture sectors.

Submit your application for WGS services via this link. More information can be found under the Whole Genome Sequencing services page.

Building capacity sustainably through training

Improving the surveillance of AMR in Africa does not only require building and expanding existing sequencing capacity through instrumentation, but also calls for training in the use of equipment and data analysis. In-depth training is instrumental to sustain activities beyond the timeframe of the project, and as such SeqAfrica has developed extensive virtual training for a range of audiences going from novel and non-users to more experienced staff.

More information, details and resources for training, including recordings of previous virtual training courses can be found at the SEQAFRICA Courses page.


SEQAFRICA is led by the Research Group for Global Capacity Building at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark and is funded through a Regional Grant by The Fleming Fund. The Fleming Fund is a £265 million UK aid investment to tackle antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The programme is managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, in partnership with Mott MacDonald, the Fleming Fund Grants Management Agent for the Country and Regional Grants and Fellowship Programme.

Coming up

In the coming year (2024) SeqAfrica will begin expanding the sequencing capacity to include long-read sequencing. To disseminate the new technology, we will  provide input and training for novel and non-users  at implementing sites for them to generate and analyse data. Read more about the democratisation of sequencing  and Phase II here.


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