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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

Two CARTA graduates Francis Fagbamigbe Adeniyi (Cohort 2) and Charles Drago Kato (Cohort 3) are among 25 early career scientists named in the prestigious African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Affiliates Program.The program recognizes exceptional young African scientists who are below 40 years, and is currently in its third cohort. AAS, a pan African organisation headquartered in Kenya, described this round of selection as being “the most competitive pool yet with an overwhelming number of nominations from across the five regions of the continent.” AAS aims to drive sustainable development in Africa through science technology and innovation.The 25 scientists will be supported to attend conferences, symposia and workshops and other activities that will improve their skills in proposal development, grant writing and pitching innovations, improve their publication records and ensure that their research impacts their communities from 2018 to 2022.“We welcome the new

[caption id="attachment_6375" align="alignleft" width="367"] Prof. Peter Mbithi on 1 February at the University of Nairobi Graduate School stand during the Open Day. PHOTO/EKILONZO[/caption]Prof. Peter Mbithi, the vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, has lauded CARTA for her continued commitment and partnership to improve the quality of postgraduate training not only at the institution but in the continent.Prof. Mbithi said he was looking forward to further engagement with the consortium in the year. He spoke on 1 February, 2018 during the 8th University of Nairobi (UoN) Open Day at the Great Court, Main Campus.CARTA participated in the three-day (1-3 February, 2018) event at the University and was represented by Communications Officer, Eunice Kilonzo, shared information on the postgraduate opportunities and trainings available to prospective students, general public, guardians and other stakeholders within CARTA and in the partner institutions.Ms Kilonzo showcased the

IBM Health Corps is a global pro bono program focused on tackling health disparities. Akin to an incubator, IBM provides the environment, experts, and services needed to nurture new ideas in public and population health that use technology to expand access to health services and improve health systems and population outcomes.IBM Health Corps is looking for projects & organisations that focus on using data, technology, and design to expand access to health services and improve health systems and population outcomes, to partner with. In 2018, Health Corps partnerships will be focused on two areas:Cancer: Increasing access to health and public health services, improving the quality of care, and decreasing the cost of diagnosis and treatment in cancer. Health workforce: Empowering the health workforce around the world to be better equipped to make decisions in their respective environments.Find out more

Two publications by CARTA fellow Felix Khuluza (cohort 5) have been used to provide evidence for the most authoritative global research on substandard and falsified medicines by the World Health Organisation (WHO).A study on the public health and socioeconomic impact of substandard and falsified medical products reviewed all scientific papers on substandard and falsified medicines worldwide for the ten year period 2007-2016. 100 papers were included in the data analysis including the papers by the fellow from the University Of Malawi, Department Of Pharmacy. The publications by the CARTA fellow are:Khuluza, F (2014) “In-vitro evaluation of the quality of Paracetamol and Co-trimoxazole tablets used in Malawi based on pharmacopeial standards,” Malawi Medical Journal, 26(2):38:41.Khuluza F, Kigera S, Jaehnke RWO, Heide L (2016) “Use of thin-layer chromatography to detect counterfeit sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine tablets with the wrong active ingredient in Malawi,” Malaria Journal, 15:215.The

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and AAAS are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from May 21-25, 2018.This training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policymaking arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).The completed application should be submitted via the online

Do you want to make a difference in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)? Apply to the International Training Program in SRHR before April 10, 2018. The advanced international training programme in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) runs during 2014-2018 in selected countries in Asia and Africa, with funds from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned top ranked Lund University to carry out an advanced training programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The overall objective of the training programme is to develop capacity among potential future leaders and managers in the field of SRHR in the participating countries to design and implement high quality satisfactory SRHR services and information for the population. The programme is primarily directed towards mid-career obstetricians, gynecologists and midwives but also towards policymakers, program

CARTA Cohort 2 fellow Linda Nyondo Mipando has been elected Deputy Dean at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. She is a registered nurse-midwife by training and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the college.CARTA Program Manager, Peter Ngure, congratulated Dr. Mipando for the feat. Another fellow, Lester Kapanda, cohort 5 fellow from the University of Malawi, congratulated Dr. Mipando on her new role and described her as “a mentor, a dedicated and hardworking lecturer.”Kapanda added: “Dr. Mipando is the first female to attain this high position at our college and once again congratulations and keep up the good work!!”Dr. Mipando’s research interests include, Health Systems and Implementation Science Research with a focus on service delivery. She is also keen on understanding HIV and