CARTA fellow named ‘2017 Best African Woman Researcher’ in Mauritius
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 in ensuring the success of the work and making me who I am today. The President of Mauritius also organized a dinner for the awardees.”
Her doctoral study focuses on the state of adolescent immunization in Ibadan, Nigeria.
The Summit was officially inaugurated by Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius and Dr. the Hon. Mohammad Anwar Husnoo, Mauritius’ Minister of Health and Quality of Life. It was held under the patronage of President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim in partnership with Government of Mauritius, UNESCO, African Union and African Governments.
Written by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA Communications Officer