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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

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

[caption id="attachment_5998" align="alignright" width="350"] CARTA cohort 4 fellow Ayodele John Alonge during the 2-day hands-on training on Access and Use of E-Resource in Nairobi, Kenya.[/caption]CARTA cohort 4 fellow Ayodele John Alonge facilitated a 2-day hands-on training on Access and Use of E-Resource at Ngong' Hills Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. He jointly, alongside other facilitators, trained 70 DAAD PhD and Masters students from Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Somalia and South Africa from 17 to 18 October.This was done under the Training Centre in Communication (TCC) which is the first African-based training center to teach effective communication skills to scientists. He worked alongside Prof. Tom Kwanya from the Technical University of Kenya and Dr. Cecilia Onyango from the University of Nairobi. He trained the graduate students on the use of e-resources such as automated referencing and citation skills through use of software

A study by a CARTA fellow has been quoted in a BBC news article that discusses how the empowerment of women, linked to their education, has accrued benefits not only to themselves but also to the lives of their children.Sulaimon Adedokun, CARTA cohort 1 fellow’s study titled “Incomplete Childhood Immunization in Nigeria: A Multilevel Analysis of Individual and Contextual Factors” was published on 9 October in the British news outlet. The quoted study was published on 8 March this year in the BMC Public Health.The article made reference to the fellow’s analysis of immunization in Nigeria that found out that only 6% of children of illiterate mothers received all the vaccinations compared with 24% of children in the whole population.“I am indeed grateful to CARTA for the support it has given me while I was writing the paper. The paper

The World Mental Health Day is marked annually on 10 October as the day to increase awareness, education and advocacy on mental illness. It is a day of solidarity and support for individuals living with mental illness. This year’s theme, “mental health in the workplace,” speaks to the need to promote well-being in work settings. CARTA cohort 4 fellow Boladale Mapayi discusses how sexism in the workplace is linked to depression, psychological distress and anxiety symptoms in women.  “That female boss is so mean” quipped one of my male colleagues, “I wonder how her husband copes with her at home”.“What happened” I asked the colleague, cringing within me as I was almost certain I would hear the repertoire of sexist rhetoric that besiege female leaders. Sure enough, the response was that she was too stern, “she behaves like a man” he

[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,

The infectious disease scientist spent seven years in the U.S. before returning home to establish a thriving center for research and help lead the fight against malaria.[caption id="attachment_5689" align="alignleft" width="305"] Gordon Awandare, Director at West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana - ‎Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana. Photo Credit: Linda Nordling.[/caption]Malaria has been part of Gordon Awandare’s life for as long as he remembers. Growing up in Kandiga, a small village in northeastern Ghana, he used to get the disease at least twice a year. Treatment was scarce. His grandmother would lay him on a mat in the cool shade of a tree and give him acetaminophen—if there was any. “You just toughed it out,” he recalls grimly.These days, Awandare is in the vanguard of a fight against the parasitic disease