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Deadline: 31 December 2017. Swiss TPH, a world-leading institution in health research, training and services, is accepting applications for the 25th “Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation” course which starts in March 2018.The 14-week (5 March to 8 June, 2017), full-time course introduces students to a range of skills and knowledge needed to work as a public or international health professional in resource-constrained settings, with a special focus on supporting implementation.Students of the course benefit from the expertise and experience shared by facilitators, who are active in the field. Topics range from concepts and research methods to health problems and responses and health systems, management and communication.It is a mandatory core course for the tropEd accredited MAS in International Health. The course is accredited by University of Basel (Diploma of Advanced Studies; DAS). Self-paying students are welcome to apply for

CARTA cohort 4 fellow, Boladale Mapayi will participate in the WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin, Germany from 8-12 October 2017.Dr Mapayi will make a 15-minutes oral presentation on 10 October 2017 on a paper entitled: “Personality factors associated with contraceptive behaviour among women attending the psychiatric clinic of a Nigerian Teaching Hospital.”The 17th World Psychiatric Association (WPA) conference will gather together experts to share academic and clinical developments and research around mental health and to build on social interactions and to support each other.On the following day, 11 October, she will chair a 45-minutes long symposium titled “Let’s talk about sex: violence, culture and politics of sex in Nigeria using the Chibok example.” The symposium will seek to shed light on the politics surrounding early marriage, same sex relationships and violence against women; the culture of silence

[caption id="attachment_5949" align="alignright" width="198"] CARTA cohort 7 fellow Eniola Olubukola Cadmus[/caption]The International day of older persons was celebrated on 1 October and the theme this year was "Stepping into the Future: Tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society.” CARTA cohort 7 fellow Eniola Olubukola Cadmus research focuses on the care of older persons. She has also has been ruminating on a research idea to quantify contributions of older persons in the family and society. The importance of this, she adds, stems from the fact that the government in many low and middle income countries do not prioritize provisions for older persons because they are considered a burden. She sheds more light on this issue.Population ageing has been occurring at an exceptional rate in many countries globally.[1] Initially, the phenomenon was reported to occur mostly in high income countries,

Deadline: 13 October 2017PRICELESS in the Wits School of Public Health (SPH) is organizing a series of short courses in Vaccine Economics and Financing. This course aims to build technical capacity of policy makers in low and middle income countries in vaccine economics and sensitize health policy makers to the use of economic tools in decision-making.Care planners and decision-makers from the health ministries, as well as technical experts and all those interested in understanding the application of economic evaluation in allocating resources within immunization and health care programs are invited to attend this course.The course will run from the 11 to 13 November 2017 at SPH. A limited number of grants, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are available to cover attendance fees, flights and accommodation of participants from countries within the southern African region. These grants are targeted

The CARTA Graduate Workshop began today (25 September) and ends on Friday (29 September), in Nairobi at the Safari Park Hotel. The aim of the workshop is to equip post-doctoral early career researchers with key skills to develop grant-winning proposals.[caption id="attachment_5915" align="alignright" width="372"] Participants at the CARTA Graduate Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on 25 September, 2017. Photo/Ekilonzo[/caption]Ten graduates from CARTA African partner universities and four PhD graduates from CARTA Northern partner institutions are at the workshop to work on their research ideas.APHRC's Director of Research Capacity Strengthening James Kisia gave the opening remarks of the workshop and urged the participants to work closely with the facilitators in the next five days.“Seek and receive critique of your research ideas and plans and integrate these to your individual proposals,” he said.Coordinator of the training Hakan Billig from the University of Gothenburg said this was not an

Nearly 360 million people worldwide—about the entire population of the United States—have disabling hearing loss [1]. Of these, 32 million are children. Kaitesi Batamuliza Mukara, CARTA Cohort four fellow, spoke with a mother whose child has a hearing impairment and wrote this article for the 2017 International Week of the Deaf which takes place from 18 to 24 September.Claude had normal hearing but all this changed when he got meningitis, an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). After he recovered, he could not respond when spoken to or to other children while playing. He was four years old.“When I tried to speak to him he was unfazed but when touched he would turn and stare. He could not hear,” the mother adds.He then started speaking incomprehensible words. Initially, this was assumed was because Claude's family had moved from Congo where they

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa 8th Partners’ Annual Forum (PAF) is underway in Nairobi from 18-19 September in Nairobi, Kenya.Nearly 50 representatives from all partner institutions including Northern Partners are present. Part of their agenda will be to review applications for CARTA fellowships and selection of the next cohort of fellows, monitor CARTA fellows’ progression (and arbitrate where necessary), and oversee institutional monitoring and evaluation.The 7th PAF meeting was held in Moi University (Eldoret) in Kenya.

Deadline: 17 November 2017Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion FellowshipThe Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.Eligibility:All applicants must:be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country hold a master’s degree be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter As of May