October 2017


CARTA cohort 6 fellow Macellina Yinyinade Ijadunola will today, 31 October, make an oral presentation at the 28th IUSSP International Population Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference began on 28 October and ends on 4 November, 2017.The conference takes place once every four years and brings together over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to take stock of recent research on population trends.“I will be presenting in a session on ‘Ageing: grandparents and grandchildren’, scheduled to take place on the Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 1:30pm at the Cape Town International Convention Centre,” she said.Her presentation will discuss grandparental influence in family structure and schooling of adolescents in Ile-Ife, a town in South-West Nigeria. Apart from their roles as family historians, grandparents have increasingly begun to fill the “parenting gaps” left by their children. Her findings show that this

[caption id="attachment_5998" align="alignright" width="350"] CARTA cohort 4 fellow Ayodele John Alonge during the 2-day hands-on training on Access and Use of E-Resource in Nairobi, Kenya.[/caption]CARTA cohort 4 fellow Ayodele John Alonge facilitated a 2-day hands-on training on Access and Use of E-Resource at Ngong' Hills Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. He jointly, alongside other facilitators, trained 70 DAAD PhD and Masters students from Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Somalia and South Africa from 17 to 18 October.This was done under the Training Centre in Communication (TCC) which is the first African-based training center to teach effective communication skills to scientists. He worked alongside Prof. Tom Kwanya from the Technical University of Kenya and Dr. Cecilia Onyango from the University of Nairobi. He trained the graduate students on the use of e-resources such as automated referencing and citation skills through use of software

Deadline: 31 December 2017. Swiss TPH, a world-leading institution in health research, training and services, is accepting applications for the 25th “Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation” course which starts in March 2018.The 14-week (5 March to 8 June, 2017), full-time course introduces students to a range of skills and knowledge needed to work as a public or international health professional in resource-constrained settings, with a special focus on supporting implementation.Students of the course benefit from the expertise and experience shared by facilitators, who are active in the field. Topics range from concepts and research methods to health problems and responses and health systems, management and communication.It is a mandatory core course for the tropEd accredited MAS in International Health. The course is accredited by University of Basel (Diploma of Advanced Studies; DAS). Self-paying students are welcome to apply for

A study by a CARTA fellow has been quoted in a BBC news article that discusses how the empowerment of women, linked to their education, has accrued benefits not only to themselves but also to the lives of their children.Sulaimon Adedokun, CARTA cohort 1 fellow’s study titled “Incomplete Childhood Immunization in Nigeria: A Multilevel Analysis of Individual and Contextual Factors” was published on 9 October in the British news outlet. The quoted study was published on 8 March this year in the BMC Public Health.The article made reference to the fellow’s analysis of immunization in Nigeria that found out that only 6% of children of illiterate mothers received all the vaccinations compared with 24% of children in the whole population.“I am indeed grateful to CARTA for the support it has given me while I was writing the paper. The paper

Deadline: RollingThe West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) at the University of Ghana will hold the 2nd in the series of the Bioethics workshops on responsible research conduct designed for postdoctoral fellows and institutional Institutional Review Board (IRB) coordinators. This year’s workshop will be held at the MRTC, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies, Bamako, Mali from 27 November to 01 December , 2017.The workshop is open to DELTAS fellows and IRB coordinators from institutions hosting DELTAS programmes. For more information, please email: waccbipleader@ug.edu.ghThe workshop will be facilitated by Prof. Mahamadou Diakite, Professor of Immunogenetics at the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako, Mali, Dr. Paulina Tindana, a Bioethicist from the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), and Dr. Angeliki Kerasidou, a researcher in Global Health Ethics and the Ethics Coordinator for the Malaria Genomics Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) at

The World Mental Health Day is marked annually on 10 October as the day to increase awareness, education and advocacy on mental illness. It is a day of solidarity and support for individuals living with mental illness. This year’s theme, “mental health in the workplace,” speaks to the need to promote well-being in work settings. CARTA cohort 4 fellow Boladale Mapayi discusses how sexism in the workplace is linked to depression, psychological distress and anxiety symptoms in women.  “That female boss is so mean” quipped one of my male colleagues, “I wonder how her husband copes with her at home”.“What happened” I asked the colleague, cringing within me as I was almost certain I would hear the repertoire of sexist rhetoric that besiege female leaders. Sure enough, the response was that she was too stern, “she behaves like a man” he

Nearly 8 to 9 out of every 10 new malaria infections in rural Tanzania is transmitted by the Anopheles funestus mosquito despite occurring in far smaller numbers than other mosquito species, a study by a CARTA fellow shows.Emmanuel Kaindoa, cohort 5 fellow, from the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), through his research published in May 2017 showed that while different mosquito species (Anopheles arabiensis) dominates in numbers, a far more competent vector called, Anopheles funestus now transmits most of the residual malaria parasites, despite occurring in far smaller numbers.Although Anopheles funestus is not the most populous mosquito species in the region, it is responsible for 82-95 percent of local malaria infections. Unfortunately, the vector is also resistant to pyrethroids used on bednets. It survives unexpectedly longer, has a highly cryptic aquatic ecology, and bites people both indoors and outdoors, therefore requires new

CARTA cohort 4 fellow, Boladale Mapayi will participate in the WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin, Germany from 8-12 October 2017.Dr Mapayi will make a 15-minutes oral presentation on 10 October 2017 on a paper entitled: “Personality factors associated with contraceptive behaviour among women attending the psychiatric clinic of a Nigerian Teaching Hospital.”The 17th World Psychiatric Association (WPA) conference will gather together experts to share academic and clinical developments and research around mental health and to build on social interactions and to support each other.On the following day, 11 October, she will chair a 45-minutes long symposium titled “Let’s talk about sex: violence, culture and politics of sex in Nigeria using the Chibok example.” The symposium will seek to shed light on the politics surrounding early marriage, same sex relationships and violence against women; the culture of silence