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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

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

Nearly 8 to 9 out of every 10 new malaria infections in rural Tanzania is transmitted by the Anopheles funestus mosquito despite occurring in far smaller numbers than other mosquito species, a study by a CARTA fellow shows.Emmanuel Kaindoa, cohort 5 fellow, from the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), through his research published in May 2017 showed that while different mosquito species (Anopheles arabiensis) dominates in numbers, a far more competent vector called, Anopheles funestus now transmits most of the residual malaria parasites, despite occurring in far smaller numbers.Although Anopheles funestus is not the most populous mosquito species in the region, it is responsible for 82-95 percent of local malaria infections. Unfortunately, the vector is also resistant to pyrethroids used on bednets. It survives unexpectedly longer, has a highly cryptic aquatic ecology, and bites people both indoors and outdoors, therefore requires new