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By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world.Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year – more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town, writes Lady Gaga (singer, songwriter and actress) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (director-general of the World Health Organization) in an Op-Ed in the Guardian.This year’s World Mental Health Day—marked on 10 October—puts a spotlight on the need to promote and to protect adolescent mental health.Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur: changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these could be both exciting as they would be stressful times. Failure to recognise and manage these feelings could lead to mental illness. Many adolescents live in areas

The 2018 CARTA Graduate workshop is held in Nairobi, Kenya from October 1-6, 2018. Thirteen (13) post-doctoral early career researchers will gain skills to develop a successful and substantial proposal for a personal award to support their research or a research grant or large project that they will lead.The Coordinator of the training is Hakan Billig from the University of Gothenburg while the other facilitators are Susan Bondy of the University of Toronto, Paramjit Gill from the University of Warwick, Elizabeth Dyke from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Violet Naanyu from Moi University, Flavia Matovu from Makerere University, Adamson Muula from the University of Malawi, Bonface Nyagah from DAAD, Charles Obonyo from KEMRI, Mosa Moshabela from University of KwaZulu-Natal and Florah Karimi, Duncan Gatoto, Damazo Kadengye, Bonface Ushie who are all from APHRC.By the end of the workshop, the participants

Eight Vice Chancellors of African universities have proposed three interlinked actions to revive higher education and the development of research-active universities in Africa. In an article, Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production, published in The Lancet on August 30, 2018, proposes: differentiation of the higher education system across the continent; new funding mechanisms for research-intensive universities; and new accountability systems for research-intensive universities. These three approaches aim to create the conditions that will enable African universities to produce knowledge and provide internationally competitive research training. Such investment and restructuring will allow, in particular, early career researchers to increase the amount of time they spend on research and allow academics to devote more time to research training. The history of how research training has evolved over time in Africa is discussed in the article but a significant part of the current problem is limited funding of universities

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

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

CARTA in partnership with the Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) of the University of Malawi brought together 65 participants from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia for the Institutional-based Supervision Workshop in Malawi.The five-day hands-on and interactive training from July 23-27, 2018 provided a platform to discuss the status of research and doctoral training in Africa. It was also an opportunity to identify and critique different models of PhD supervision, exploration of the roles of supervisors, supervisees and the institution in the different phases of the PhD journey.This workshop was led by five facilitators—Peter Ngure (CARTA), Florah Karimi (CARTA), David Kariuki (University of Nairobi, Bernard Thole (University of Malawi), Lydia Njenga (University of Nairobi), Adamson Muula (University of Malawi), and Ademola Ajuwon (University of Ibadan).This is the second such workshop on capacity building for postgraduate supervisors.