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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

 [caption id="attachment_7109" align="alignleft" width="348"] Prof. R.A. Adedoyin (left) and Dr. T.O. Awotidebe holding the Patent Right Certificate for the Cardio-pulley Device.[/caption]An invention designed and constructed to help people with disability exercise by a CARTA Fellow has been patented by the Government of Nigeria. Cohort One Fellow, Taofeek O. Awotidebe Adedoyin from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria alongside his co-patentee, Prof. R.A., developed a cardio-pulley device that works by improving muscular endurance and strength and aerobic exercise capacity. He said: “In the advent of chronic non-communicable diseases and proliferation of diseases of lifestyle, many medical experts have recognized the importance of exercise and physical activity in the prevention of such diseases.” The simple pulley system—developed from his doctoral study— has modified braking system to provide resistance during graded upper body exercise training. It requires no hi-tech equipment and its production is relatively

Deadline: November 30, 2018.   The School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, under the direction of Dr Jude Igumbor, is seeking two postdoctoral fellows to head scientific writing of several completed and ongoing health system research projects with a focus on women, adolescents, children, and HIV/TB. The fellows will work closely with the Principal Investigator to produce manuscripts and grant applications and will have the opportunity to assume the first-author position on manuscripts. An advanced research or clinical degree is required for this position. Individuals may have a PhD in Public Health, Population Studies, Demography or related fields. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of being primary author on peer-reviewed scientific publications and must have excellent scientific writing skills and data analysis abilities using Stata. Experience in HIV, TB, women, children and adolescents health research is required. This is a full-time position