Deadline: April 15, 2018.The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The Consortium was established with a mandate to build a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multi-disciplinary research that impacts on population health in Africa.Building on its goal to secure the future and foster the career growth of its high-achieving graduates, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) will o­ffer re-entry grants in 2018 to its fellows who have completed their PhD studies CARTA re-entry grants aim to support fellows returning to or remaining at their own institutions to start a research project.Re-entry grants will be awarded on a competitive basis taking into consideration the scientific quality of the

Deadline: April 15, 2018BackgroundThe Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of eight African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.The multi-disciplinary CARTA program is open to staff of participating institutions who are interested in conducting their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health. We welcome applications from any discipline, such as public health, demography, anthropology, communication, and economics, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to public and population health issues in Africa.Over the medium-term, CARTA aims to produce a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address the complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain

CARTA in conjunction with the University of Nairobi’s College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS) organised and conducted the PhD Supervisors’ Workshop. This was a pilot workshop that is line with the supervisors’ workshop conducted by CARTA at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The aim of the two-day workshop was to improve the quality of supervision of PhD students with the view of creating a critical mass of globally competitive African researchers.Participants of this workshop included the Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Prof. Lydia Njenga, Director of Graduate School, Prof. Christopher Nyamai, Dean School of Physical Sciences, Dr. Joseph Gichuru, Director Operations and Dr. Evelyn Gitau, Director of Research Capacity Strengthening at the African Population and Health Research Center, Dr. Anne Khasakhala, CARTA

Data analysis for many researchers, project leaders, graduate students and university faculty is a complex process. The Stata workshop offers you skills in modern data management for you to have a grip on your research output or implementation and projects measurement. This 3-day practical course provides an environment for one-on-one coaching on data analysis. The course is facilitated by highly qualified data analysts and researchers who have a wide range of experience in delivering results in complex data analysis for multiple projects.Course highlightsDescribes data types, working with Stata commands and do-files, browsing and editing data, logical and mathematical functions, survey data analysis, generating and changing variables Descriptive statistics; Survey data analysis Data graphics; histogram, scatter plots, box plots, bar plots. Basic hypothesis testing Practical methods for design and analysis of complex surveys, merging and appending data, regression analysis, survival

CARTA Fellow Boladale Mapayi has been appointed the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.The PhD fellow, who is a senior lecturer at the institution’s Department of Mental Health and a clinical psychologist, was appointed to her new role on July 1, 2017.Shortly after sharing the announcement, Dr Mapayi who is a CARTA Cohort 4 fellow said: "I thank CARTA for being a major stakeholder in my success story. The leadership skills training are coming in handy. Great job CARTA Team."Dr Mapayi on June 2, 2017 successfully defended her thesis titled "Integrating Family Planning into Mental Health Services for women attending the Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife".

Prof. Peter Mbithi, vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, hosted the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) 2nd Vice Chancellors’ meeting in July 10-11, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought together eight vice chancellors from CARTA’s African partner universities, three heads of CARTA’s partner research institutions as well as two representatives from CARTA’s Northern partner institutions.Also in attendance were representatives from the Kenyan Ministry of Higher Education, the Commission for University Education (CUE) and Ambassadors and Heads of foreign missions in Kenya from CARTA partners ‘countries. The CARTA Co-directors Prof. Sharon Fonn and Dr. Alex Ezeh led the CARTA secretariat.Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha, the Board Chair for the Commission for University Education (CUE) delivered the keynote address on behalf of the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.At the conference, members reinforced the resolve to advance Africa’s research and