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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

Deadline: 31 January, 2017The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) offers a number of programs to help support and expand research in travel medicine. Each year, the Society supports research grants for cutting-edge research in the field. This year, the ISTM Executive Board has again increased the funding available for these awards to USD 90,000, and has added some special categories to support the Society Mission and the Presidential Goals.The 2017-2018 Research Awards that will be granted include funding for:proposals from investigators in resource-poor countries, proposals highlighting digital communications, ISTM Interest and Professional Group research; and, general travel medicine projects. Our hope is that these grants will stimulate travel medicine research by supporting comprehensive research projects or, for larger projects, provide support for pilot studies to enable researchers to collect data or test hypotheses.Award Requirements Include:Research must be travel medicine

The University of Waterloo, one of Canada's premier research-intensive universities, is inviting interested applicants for various postdoctoral positions. The funded opportunities are in diverse fields of study as long as they relate to health and water. If you are interested, please email Dr. Susan Elliott (susan.elliott@uwaterloo.ca). She is a professor in Medical Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. More details here. Apply for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Ideally, the social scientist research fellow will work for an interdisciplinary project looking at a systems approach to air pollution in East Africa. The Research Fellow will be based in the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) to work on a project funded by the East African Research Fund (ERDF) on the development of a systems approach to air pollution in

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 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

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

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_6202" align="alignleft" width="357"] Front L-R: Michael Mutua (CARTA/APHRC), Nixon Gargan (APHRC), Mercy Ndwiga (CARTA), Evelyne Kemunto (APHRC), Eunice Muthengi (DFID), Catherine Kyobutungi (APHRC/CARTA), Sian Rasdale (DFID), Christine Kolbe (DFID). Back L-R: Lisa Omondi (APHRC), Emmanuel Otukpa (CARTA), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC), Alphonsus Neba (DELTAS), Evelyn Gitau (APHRC), Peter Ngure (CARTA), Ravi Ram (APHRC), Tom Kariuki (AAS). 10 November, 2017. PHOTO/EKILONZO.[/caption]The CARTA secretariat on 10 November,  2017 hosted a delegation from the Department for International Development (DFID) office in Nairobi led by Sian Rasdale, DFID's Deputy Director of Research and Evidence Division. She attended alongside her colleagues Christine Kolbe, Head of East Africa Research Hub and Eunice Muthengi, a Research Specialist.The meeting afforded the participants a chance to understand the DELTAS program which is a scheme by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in