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[caption id="attachment_7219" align="alignleft" width="344"] Dr. Elwyn Chomba, Ministry Community Development Mother and Child Health of Zambia, leads the discussion by the country team 02 at "African Leadership for Child Survival" held at African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, 18 January 2013. Photo by Jiro Ose/Unicef[/caption]The African Academy for Sciences (The AAS) and the African Institute for Policy Development (AFIDEP) launched a two-year programme to promote the systematic use of evidence in policymaking in Africa.The Evidence Leaders in Africa (ELA) programme will enhance the evidence-gathering and analysis skills of researchers from across the Continent and empower them to take a leading role in ensuring that the innovations and evidence they produce are relevant to and used in decision making.“Beyond this, we want scientists to become engaged with the policy making processes within African governments and help to champion a culture where

The call for application for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 is now open. During the 2019/2020 academic year, the CARTA program is planning to offer up to 25 PhD fellowships.The fellowship, which is open only to staff at one of the participating African universities (complete list below), includes the cost of fellows’ participation in the advanced seminars; a modest monthly stipend; small grants for research activities; a laptop loaded with relevant software; funds for travel to conferences, as well as costs for participating in joint program activities. The fellowship runs for a maximum of four years.Deadline: April 30, 2019The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select Non-African partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) is seeking early career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to produce policy-relevant evidence on family planning and fertility in cities and towns and their links to urban welfare.To qualify for the second round of fellowships, you must have obtained your PhD within the past ten years, you are interested in studying the links between urban development, reproductive health and fertility. This project aims to link the fields of family planning, fertility and population change with the field of urban development, to create a cadre of fellows with expertise in those areas, and to produce high-quality evidence relevant to policy issues in urban development.Interested applicants should submit a 2-page concept on their proposed research project by April 15, 2019. (The online portal is expected to open around March 15). These

Forty-eight (48) fellows (24 fellows from Cohort Nine and 24 fellows from Cohort Six) are attending the month-long CARTA Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) 1 & 4 held in partnership with Makerere University.These seminars begun from March 5-29 at the Makerere University School of Public Health and are offered once annually to each cohort.JAS-1 builds critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies, and introduce students to the essential concepts and seminal articles of the disciplines brought together under CARTA while JAS-4 revolves around professional development.The seminars were officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and the Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze. The Principal of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Charles Ibingira was also present at the function.The fellows will acquire skills in research methodology, policy engagement, how

NAIROBI, KENYA: The 2019 CARTA annual Graduate Workshop was held from February 11 to 16, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya where 17 CARTA graduates and three early career researchers from the Non-Africa Partner institutions will participate.The graduates attending the one-week hands-on workshop gained 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 with guidance from facilitators. Their proposals will be sent to international reviewers for feedback. They will also interact with other researchers and develop and consolidate international professional networks. The workshop is also an opportunity for CARTA graduates to refine their applications for CARTA re-entry grants and postdoctoral fellowships.Some of the facilitators include Håkan Billig (University of Gothenburg), Charles Obonyo (KEMRI), APHRC's Duncan Gatoto, Evelyn Gitau, Florah Karimi, Justus Musasiah, Eunice Kilonzo, Marta Vicente-Crespo;

The College of Medicine’s (University of Malawi) Africa Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) in collaboration with Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) conducted a five days training workshop on Post Graduate Supervision.The workshop held from February 4-8, 2019 at the College brought together 15 participants. These were Deans or Directors of Postgraduate Studies, Directors of quality assurance, Council for Higher Education, advanced Doctoral students and Faculty who supervise Postgraduate students. It was facilitated by Dr. Lucas Zinner (top left) who is the Head of Research Services and Career development at the University of Vienna in Austria. The participants learned how institutions nationally and internationally are currently developing research supervisors, the changing context of doctoral education and much more here.The Postgraduate Supervision workshop achieved the following objectives:Gain awareness of how institutions nationally and internationally

Call for PapersSexual and reproductive health of young people – Focus AfricaDeadline: February 6, 2019The International Journal of Public Health invites for peer review high-quality articles in the area of young people’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with a particular focus on health challenges of young people in Africa.The potential of young people is a catalyst to social and economic development, which makes investing in young people’s education and health a global priority. Over the past decade, young people’s sexual and reproductive health has become a prominent concern in the global political arena.With a focus on Africa, this call seeks original research articles and systematic reviews on any aspect of young people’s sexual and reproductive health. Of particular interest are intervention studies assessing the scale-up of promising health interventions, or innovative gender-transformative approaches. Potential contributions include but are not limited

CARTA Graduate Adesola Olumide, Cohort Three, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria has been awarded close to US$30,000—by a U.S public charity—to communicate and publicize a set of global strategies geared towards ending violence against children ages 0-17.The award-winning proposal was submitted to the INSPIRE Fund and after a rigorous review process, was awarded funding by the U.S-based public charities, New Venture Fund and Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence against Girls and Boys.At least one billion children globally – over half of all children aged 2–17 years – have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence in the past year according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Violence against children includes various forms: sexual abuse, neglect, emotional violence, physical abuse, and psychological abuse. This violence, research shows, has devastating impacts and leads to a wide range of health and