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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

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