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Twenty-two (22) fellows from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Malawi, Makerere University (Uganda), University of Dar es Salam (Tanzania) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria) attended this year’s JAS 3.A good blend of local and international facilitators was available to give fellows specific, one-to-one guidance. JAS 3, structured to afford fellows protected time and space for data analysis and scholarly writing, achieved this objective.Following the uplifting early morning scientific blitzes, fellows had the opportunity to write individually, interact with peers – through manuscript clubs, Work in Progress and diagnostic sessions, consult with facilitators and attend formal teaching sessions.The Intergenerational Dialogue was a unique opportunity for fellows to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of PhD holders from 3 – 5 different generations, who offered their distinct perspectives and experiences over the

[caption id="attachment_6879" align="alignleft" width="212"] Oluwaseun O. Akinyemi in a recent photo. PHOTO CREDIT/COURTESY[/caption]CARTA Cohort Four Fellow Oluwaseun O. Akinyemi has been appointed the Sub-Dean (postgraduate) of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), University of Ibadan. This takes effect from August 1, 2018.“I'd like to thank CARTA for all the investment made in getting us ready for responsibilities like this,” he said shortly after sharing the great news.As Sub-Dean, he will chair the faculty’s Postgraduate Committee where issues of abstracts, certifications, examiners' reports and results for Masters and PhD programs are considered, and approved, before being forwarded to the Postgraduate (PG) School. He will also assist the Dean in the administration of the faculty especially with regard to postgraduate students welfare.   Q: Was there an election for the role or you were appointed? A: I was the sole nominee for the position, so

By Aurore Nishimwe, Cohort Seven FellowI was recently awarded the One Health fellowship which is an initiative of The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), The University of Rwanda (UR) and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (USA).The One Health Collaborative (OHC) aims to “train the next generation of leaders through a One Health approach; utilizing systems thinking to equitably improve the health of humans, animals, and the environment using multidisciplinary training, evidence-based research, and implementation science.”The six-week fellowship from May 21 to June 29, 2018 included a one-week leadership and advocacy training, a four-week individually tailored placement at a US-based organization The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA). The last week was set aside to attend the 5th International One Health Congress in Saskatoon, Canada.The fellowship was indeed a great opportunity as I gained implementation research skills,

By Lester Kapanda, Cohort Five FellowI was one of nearly 30, 000 participants who attended the International AIDS Conference of 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands that ran from July 23 to 27, 2018. It is one of the largest conferences on global health issues and dates back to 1985 a time considered the peak of the AIDS epidemic. To date it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights.At this year’s conference I presented, on behalf of my team in the College of Medicine at the University of Medicine, the research findings which focused on sexual practices among men who have sex with men being one the key affected populations in HIV prevention.The title of our presentation was Prevalence and correlates of group sex participation alongside other risky sexual practices among men who have sex

The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.Breastfeeding, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth so that the child can get colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, also called the baby’s ‘first vaccine’, is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.Breastfeeding should continue until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond. Globally, breastfeeding has the potential to prevent about 800 000 deaths among children under five each year if all children 0–23 months were optimally breastfed. While the WHO recommends that all