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[caption id="attachment_6722" align="alignleft" width="324"] L-R: Daniel Jordan Smith, Nicole De Wet and Evelyn Gitau during the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), workshop at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya from June 3-9, 2018.[/caption]Nicole De Wet, CARTA Cohort One fellow, has been named one of 200 young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian (M&G) "who are a guiding light for South Africa" in the education category.The M&G's 200 Young South Africans 2018 list highlight the country’s best and brightest under 35s in 12 different fields such as arts & entertainment, civil society, science & technology, politics among others.The Demography lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand teaches a scarce skill to social science students who want to learn statistics and quantitative research methods. She obtained her PhD in demography and population studies through the CARTA PhD

BASEL, SWITZERLAND--Prof. Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-director), Prof. Peter Ngure (CARTA Program Manager) and Dr. Evelyn Gitau (APHRC Director, Research Capacity Strengthening) were in Basel for the first Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting from June 11-12, 2018.Representatives from all Northern Partner institutions— Brown University, CCGHR (a coalition of 24 member universities), Swiss TPH, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick, University of Bergen, and Uppsala Monitoring Centre—attended. There were also observers from prospective Northern Partners.The convening reflected on the future role of Northern Partners in CARTA. The Consortium has extended and developed over the last decade: the PhD fellows are increasing in numbers and the post-doctoral cohorts will become a growing constituency.It is thus important for the Northern Partners to understand the needs and future challenges for the consortium. Moreover, there have been new Northern Partner members who needed orientation and

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