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Senior officials from the Swedish Research Council and Sida visited the APHRC campus on January 25, for the official signing of a new grant agreement of over SEK 71.1 Million to support the CARTA program from 2017–2021. The visit was part of the council’s science advisory board official trips to Sida’s funded programs in Kenya, with special interest in how their continued funding is contributing to development.As part of their focus on innovation, Sida officials highlighted their key funding priorities, in relation to the renewed funding to the CARTA program. These include the need for increased capacity of developing countries to conduct research, support for regional and global programs centered on development, how technical, scientific and social innovations can be scaled up and ensuring Swedish scientists are also researching globally relevant issues.In his address to the team, APHRC Executive Director

Providence Jepchirchir Kiptoo, a cohort 3 CARTA fellow, has been awarded a research grant of seven hundred thousand Kenya shillings by the Kenyan-based National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) towards her PhD research proposal. Providence is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the Department of Environmental Health, Moi University, Kenya. Her research project is titled “Assessment of Pre and Post-natal Atrazine exposure to male babies aged 0-24 months born of mothers living in Uasin - Gishu County, Western Kenya”. Her supervisors, Professors Peter Maina Gatongi and Odipo Osano who are based at Moi University spoke highly of the research work that Providence is doing and it’s potential to influence health policy both at County and National government. Professor Gatongi, a participant at CARTA’s Research Supervisor Training held in 2013 indicated that such trainings promote the capacity of university’s academic

A Doctor of Philosophy, which most people know as a PhD, is the highest academic accolade. It demands a substantial investment of time, equipment, meticulous supervision and conscientiousness.More and more students are registering for doctoral studies across Africa. They’re doing so in pursuit of higher qualifications and better future career opportunities. But many are left floundering when they try to actually get working on their PhDs. Masters’ programmes simply don’t equip students with the research skills they need, nor the conceptual thinking and critical analysis that’s so important for PhD study.So what is holding Africa’s PhD candidates back and what can be done differently? To answer these questions, I’ve drawn from lessons learnt while working with a group of fellows in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). This is a consortium of nine African public universities that

Nillian Ayuma Mukungu, a cohort 4 CARTA fellow, has won one million Kenya shillings research grant from Kenya's National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). Nillian is a lecturer and CARTA fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi. Her research project is titled “Ethnopharmacology of anti-malarial plants used among the Luhya community of Western Kenya”. “I am greatly honored, humbled and excited to be awarded the 2015/2016 Financial Year NACOSTI PhD grant,” said Ms. Mukungu. “This is my first ever research grant and I look forward to writing more grant winning research proposals in future.” This was competitive grant open to all postgraduates across all universities in Kenya by NACOSTI. This is in line with the mandate of NACOSTI which is to effectively advise, promote, coordinate, regulate and assure quality in the Science, Technology and Innovation Sector. “This grant was

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa has brought together key stakeholders and partners to conduct a review of some of its training curriculum. Drawn from CARTA management and staff, CARTA focal points at participating institutions, CARTA’s northern partners, CARTA’s facilitators and fellows, the participants are convening for a four-day meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.[caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignnone" width="900"] Prof. Sharon Fonn demonstrates a process to Dr. Alex Ezeh at the curriculum review meeting[/caption] The curriculum under review during this meeting will be that for CARTA’s innovative Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) and Faculty and Administrators Staff workshop. The review should yield refreshed curriculum that is administered by CARTA.[caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="900"] A group session at the curriculum review[/caption]

CARTA fellows and graduates who are registered at the University of Witwatersrand met for a get together on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The fellows were joined by Prof. Sharon Fonn, CARTA co-director. "It is the normal job of the focal points to keep track of the fellows  and also set up a connection between different cohorts," said Prof. Fonn. This meeting presented an opportunity for senior fellows to share their experiences with the newer fellows and graduates. It also served as an important platform for the entire group of CARTA fellows to update each other on the status of their research, swop stories and socialise. "Thank you for a lovely and informative evening," said Nomfundo Moroe, Cohort 6 fellow. "It's always comforting to share our successes and challenges with people who understand the journey we are on."

A team from the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) led its Executive Director, Dr. Thomas Kariuki, visited the CARTA secretariat on March 24, 2016. This visit is part of the visits AESA is doing to Wellcome Trust Grantees in Africa under the DELTAS program. AESA is a pan-African science funding and agenda-setting platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and NEPAD Agency and is implementing a multi-million dollar grant programmes to support research on Africa’s health related challenges and opportunities. The initial funding for AESA comes from the AAS, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, NAPAD Agency and the Wellcome trust. During the AESA visit to CARTA secretariat offices at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) campus, the team was introduced to the CARTA program by the CARTA