December 2017


CARTA Cohort 2 fellow Linda Nyondo Mipando has been elected Deputy Dean at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. She is a registered nurse-midwife by training and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the college.CARTA Program Manager, Peter Ngure, congratulated Dr. Mipando for the feat. Another fellow, Lester Kapanda, cohort 5 fellow from the University of Malawi, congratulated Dr. Mipando on her new role and described her as “a mentor, a dedicated and hardworking lecturer.”Kapanda added: “Dr. Mipando is the first female to attain this high position at our college and once again congratulations and keep up the good work!!”Dr. Mipando’s research interests include, Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on service delivery. She is also keen on understanding HIV and

Deadline:11.59 pm Friday, 26 January 2018The Mawazo PhD Scholars program is a one-year, non-residential fellowship aimed at women pursuing PhD studies focused on climate change and energy at Kenyan universities. In 2018, the program will support up to six female PhD students at Kenyan universities. Mawazo PhD Scholars receive the following benefits:A research grant worth Ksh 500,000 on average (precise value will vary depending on the amount needed for each Scholar’s research) Training in research methods, academic writing, grant writing, public engagement, and the publication process Research and editorial support from the Mawazo staff Travel grants for participation in regional or international conferences Connections to mentors, and industry and government leaders, in their field A dedicated desk at Mawazo’s office at Ikigai, Spring Valley, NairobiThe goal of the program is to build a strong pipeline of future researchers who are

Year of Publication: 2017Abstract:Middle ear infections are common in children, and delay in diagnosis and treatment may result in complications such as delays in speech and language development and deafness. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and care seeking behaviour for middle ear infections in children under five years in Kigali city. We conducted a cross-sectional study among 810 children aged 6–59 months in Gasabo district of Kigali city, Rwanda. The prevalence of middle ear infections was 5.8%, of whom 4% had chronic suppurative otitis media. A child was less likely to develop middle ear infections if they lived in an urban setting (OR = 0.52, 95% CI: 0.285–0.958) but more likely to develop middle ear infections if exposed to household smoke (OR = 2.54, 95% CI: 1.18–5.46). Parents were unlikely to know that their child

Deadline: 31 January, 2017The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) offers a number of programs to help support and expand research in travel medicine. Each year, the Society supports research grants for cutting-edge research in the field. This year, the ISTM Executive Board has again increased the funding available for these awards to USD 90,000, and has added some special categories to support the Society Mission and the Presidential Goals.The 2017-2018 Research Awards that will be granted include funding for:proposals from investigators in resource-poor countries, proposals highlighting digital communications, ISTM Interest and Professional Group research; and, general travel medicine projects. Our hope is that these grants will stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, provide support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data or test hypotheses.Award Requirements Include:Research must be travel medicine

The University of Waterloo, one of Canada's premier research-intensive universities, is inviting interested applicants for various postdoctoral positions. The funded opportunities are in diverse fields of study as long as they relate to health and water. If you are interested, please email Dr. Susan Elliott ( She is a professor in Medical Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. More details here. Apply for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Ideally, the social scientist research fellow will work for an interdisciplinary project looking at a systems approach to air pollution in East Africa. The Research Fellow will be based in the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) to work on a project funded by the East African Research Fund (ERDF) on the development of a systems approach to air pollution in

Folusho Balogun, CARTA Cohort 5 fellow, from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria won the UNESCO-MARS Best African Women Researcher 2017 award for her work on cervical cancer and HPV vaccine for adolescents in Nigeria.She was one of five others to win the global Merck Foundation award for the best woman researcher of the year at the just concluded 3rd edition of the annual UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) that was held in Port Louis, Mauritius from 28 and 29 November, 2017.The other winners were from Mauritius, Cameroon, and Rwanda. Additionally, three winners from South Africa, Senegal, and Botswana were presented with the ‘Best Young African Researchers Award’ during the convening.Folusho said: “There were over 500 submissions. The abstract I submitted is from my PhD work. I am so excited and grateful to CARTA for all the support