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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

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."

African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world-class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. The Wellcome Trust has committed a further £21 million to the DELTAS Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. The four new research programmes will address a range of health needs, from emerging infectious diseases to neonatal health, population health and elimination of malaria. All four are committed to training the next generation of researchers through programmes that support women in science, create opportunities for masters, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and provide mentorship. A team specialising in generating evidence about what strategies are effective for strengthening research in lower and middle-income countries will work alongside the DELTAS Africa initiative programmes. The Learning Research Programme

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

Prof. Anne Nangulu, Kenya’s Commission for University Education Deputy Secretary for Quality Audit and Standards has applauded the CART program. Speaking at the official launch of Joint Advanced Seminars 1 and 4 for CARTA fellows at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel, Prof. Nangulu said the CARTA program has yielded a lot of fruits.“All of us have to be committed to telling the CARTA story,” she said. “Whereas many institutions on the continent are still struggling with nurturing south-south partnerships, the CARTA program has excelled in forming and nurturing a south-north partnership.”The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) program was conceived 8 years ago to as a 20 year program with an aim of creating a vibrant multi-disciplinary African academy able to lead world class research that makes positive impact on population and public health. Since then, the program has