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Year of Publication: 2017Abstract:Middle ear infections are common in children, and delay in diagnosis and treatment may result in complications such as delays in speech and language development and deafness. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and care seeking behaviour for middle ear infections in children under five years in Kigali city. We conducted a cross-sectional study among 810 children aged 6–59 months in Gasabo district of Kigali city, Rwanda. The prevalence of middle ear infections was 5.8%, of whom 4% had chronic suppurative otitis media. A child was less likely to develop middle ear infections if they lived in an urban setting (OR = 0.52, 95% CI: 0.285–0.958) but more likely to develop middle ear infections if exposed to household smoke (OR = 2.54, 95% CI: 1.18–5.46). Parents were unlikely to know that their child

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

CARTA cohort 6 fellow Beatrice Maina will this week participate in a webinar where she will discuss the recent findings on how gender expectations shape early adolescence in Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria. The one-hour webinar will be on November 16 from 1600 Nairobi time/ 0800 New York time.The free webinar is based on a series of articles from the Journal of Adolescent Health that unpack findings of the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) carried out in 15 countries.It Begins at Ten: How Gender Expectations Shape Early Adolescence Around the World is the most comprehensive analysis to date—and the first to draw equally from high-, low- and middle-income countries—of how children on the cusp of adolescence perceive growing up as a boy or girl.Ms Maina is a research officer in the Population Dynamics and Sexual and Reproductive Health unit, APHRC. She holds a Master of Arts degree

[caption id="attachment_6213" align="alignright" width="225"] CARTA cohort 2 fellow Austin Mtethiwa of the University of Malawi with Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan during the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science in Abuja, Nigeria on 13 November 2017. PHOTO/ COURTESY.[/caption]Austin Mtethiwa, CARTA cohort 2 fellow from the University of Malawi, was in Abuja, Nigeria to attend the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan, was also at the the 13th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-13).The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) facilitated Mtethiwa’s attendance to the meeting.The conference discussed education and manpower development issues affecting Science Technology Innovation (STI) development in

Stephen Ojiambo Wandera, cohort 2 fellow, wrote his debut article in The Conversation Africa on 9 November, 2017. In the article, he discusses why older people in Uganda struggle to access healthcare. The assistant lecturer at the Department of Population studies, Makerere University writes about his doctoral study which examined the challenges that older people in Uganda face when they seek health care.The findings, drawn from the analysis of 2,382 older people in Uganda, suggests that poverty and physical disabilities are the leading reasons that older people don’t seek health care services. He discusses that older people are more prone to detrimental health conditions such as hearing loss, disabilities, diabetes, depression and other health challenges. Limited access to health care for this vulnerable group is a growing concern in developing countries.You can read the full article here. 

[caption id="attachment_6061" align="alignleft" width="300"] Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow from the University of Ibadan.[/caption]Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow, is part of a research team from the University of Ibadan that has won the H3 Africa National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth USD$3.68million.The grant, for a collaborative research project titled Eyes of Africa: the genetics of blindness, will be carried out in Nigeria, Gambia, Malawi and South Africa for a 5 year period.The grant will study the genetics of blindness with a focus on Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) in Sub-Saharan Africa. POAG is one of the leading preventable causes of blindness in the world, it is a condition that leads to optic nerve damage and possible irreversible visual loss. Progression of this optic nerve damage can usually be halted with treatment but cannot be

The Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS) 2 will be held from November 6-30, at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health.[caption id="attachment_6055" align="alignleft" width="320"] CARTA cohort 7 fellows at JAS 2 at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on 6 November, 2017.[/caption]The month-long residential seminars are designed to enhance the fellows’ skills and knowledge, guide them through the research process, and provide a foundation for building networks of researchers, peers, and mentors. CARTA has held 21 one-month long JASes for the 7 cohorts of fellows.CARTA’s cohort 7 fellows will participate in this JAS, whose focus is on data management and analysis. Fellows will also learn to use software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management, analyses and also have practice sessions on use of real research data. 

CARTA cohort 6 fellow Macellina Yinyinade Ijadunola will today, 31 October, make an oral presentation at the 28th IUSSP International Population Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference began on 28 October and ends on 4 November, 2017.The conference takes place once every four years and brings together over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to take stock of recent research on population trends.“I will be presenting in a session on ‘Ageing: grandparents and grandchildren’, scheduled to take place on the Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 1:30pm at the Cape Town International Convention Centre,” she said.Her presentation will discuss grandparental influence in family structure and schooling of adolescents in Ile-Ife, a town in South-West Nigeria. Apart from their roles as family historians, grandparents have increasingly begun to fill the “parenting gaps” left by their children. Her findings show that this