November 2017


CARTA cohort 6 fellow Beatrice Maina will this week participate in a webinar where she will discuss the recent findings on how gender expectations shape early adolescence in Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria. The one-hour webinar will be on November 16 from 1600 Nairobi time/ 0800 New York time.The free webinar is based on a series of articles from the Journal of Adolescent Health that unpack findings of the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) carried out in 15 countries.It Begins at Ten: How Gender Expectations Shape Early Adolescence Around the World is the most comprehensive analysis to date—and the first to draw equally from high-, low- and middle-income countries—of how children on the cusp of adolescence perceive growing up as a boy or girl.Ms Maina is a research officer in the Population Dynamics and Sexual and Reproductive Health unit, APHRC. She holds a Master of Arts degree

[caption id="attachment_6213" align="alignright" width="225"] CARTA cohort 2 fellow Austin Mtethiwa of the University of Malawi with Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan during the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science in Abuja, Nigeria on 13 November 2017. PHOTO/ COURTESY.[/caption]Austin Mtethiwa, CARTA cohort 2 fellow from the University of Malawi, was in Abuja, Nigeria to attend the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan, was also at the the 13th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-13).The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) facilitated Mtethiwa’s attendance to the meeting.The conference discussed education and manpower development issues affecting Science Technology Innovation (STI) development in

Stephen Ojiambo Wandera, cohort 2 fellow, wrote his debut article in The Conversation Africa on 9 November, 2017. In the article, he discusses why older people in Uganda struggle to access healthcare. The assistant lecturer at the Department of Population studies, Makerere University writes about his doctoral study which examined the challenges that older people in Uganda face when they seek health care.The findings, drawn from the analysis of 2,382 older people in Uganda, suggests that poverty and physical disabilities are the leading reasons that older people don’t seek health care services. He discusses that older people are more prone to detrimental health conditions such as hearing loss, disabilities, diabetes, depression and other health challenges. Limited access to health care for this vulnerable group is a growing concern in developing countries.You can read the full article here. 

[caption id="attachment_6202" align="alignleft" width="357"] Front L-R: Michael Mutua (CARTA/APHRC), Nixon Gargan (APHRC), Mercy Ndwiga (CARTA), Evelyne Kemunto (APHRC), Eunice Muthengi (DFID), Catherine Kyobutungi (APHRC/CARTA), Sian Rasdale (DFID), Christine Kolbe (DFID). Back L-R: Lisa Omondi (APHRC), Emmanuel Otukpa (CARTA), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC), Alphonsus Neba (DELTAS), Evelyn Gitau (APHRC), Peter Ngure (CARTA), Ravi Ram (APHRC), Tom Kariuki (AAS). 10 November, 2017. PHOTO/EKILONZO.[/caption]The CARTA secretariat on 10 November,  2017 hosted a delegation from the Department for International Development (DFID) office in Nairobi led by Sian Rasdale, DFID's Deputy Director of Research and Evidence Division. She attended alongside her colleagues Christine Kolbe, Head of East Africa Research Hub and Eunice Muthengi, a Research Specialist.The meeting afforded the participants a chance to understand the DELTAS program which is a scheme by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in

[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignleft" width="300"] Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow from the University of Ibadan.[/caption]Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow, is part of a research team from the University of Ibadan that has won the H3 Africa National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth USD$3.68million.The grant, for a collaborative research project titled Eyes of Africa: the genetics of blindness, will be carried out in Nigeria, Gambia, Malawi and South Africa for a 5 year period.The grant will study the genetics of blindness with a focus on Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) in Sub-Saharan Africa. POAG is one of the leading preventable causes of blindness in the world, it is a condition that leads to optic nerve damage and possible irreversible visual loss. Progression of this optic nerve damage can usually be halted with treatment but cannot be

The Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS) 2 will be held from November 6-30, at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health.[caption id="attachment_6055" align="alignleft" width="320"] CARTA cohort 7 fellows at JAS 2 at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on 6 November, 2017.[/caption]The month-long residential seminars are designed to enhance the fellows’ skills and knowledge, guide them through the research process, and provide a foundation for building networks of researchers, peers, and mentors. CARTA has held 21 one-month long JASes for the 7 cohorts of fellows.CARTA’s cohort 7 fellows will participate in this JAS, whose focus is on data management and analysis. Fellows will also learn to use software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management, analyses and also have practice sessions on use of real research data. 

Deadline: Friday 17 November 2017Each year the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development awards bursaries to high-performing Master's and Doctoral students and Post-doctoral fellows who wish to do research that falls into one of the CoE's four thematic or cross-cutting areas:·         Master's students are funded for two years at R70 000 a year·         Doctoral students are funded for three years at R100 000 a year·         Post-Doctoral Fellows are funded for three years at R200 000 a yearApplications may be made by students directly or by supervisors on behalf of students. Read the full call for applications. Apply online for a MA/PhD bursary or post-doctoral fellowship.The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development considers proposals - that fall into the thematic areas of the Centre - for two categories of research grants:·         Opportunity Grants (up to R150 000 for 18 months) for activities that promote networking, inter-disciplinary meetings, joint writing, journal publication, etc. These activities may include

[caption id="attachment_6017" align="alignright" width="365"] Dr. Evelyn Gitau at the 8th CARTA Partners' Annual Forum in September 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. PHOTO/EKILONZO.[/caption]CARTA is pleased to welcome Dr. Evelyn Gitau to APHRC, to serve as the director of the Research Capacity Strengthening Division. Under Dr. Gitau’s direction, the division will continue to grow its signature fellowship program, CARTA, and expand opportunities across the continent for African scholars to become great research leaders.“The most exciting thing about joining APHRC is the opportunity to work directly with researchers to develop a capacity building strategy that emphasizes the importance of research leadership both in, and for, Africa,” Dr. Gitau said upon assuming her position on 1 November at the APHRC campus in Nairobi.Dr. Gitau’s most recent role was as a program manager at the African Academy of Sciences, where she stewarded the Grand Challenges Africa at