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The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa has brought together key stakeholders and partners to conduct a review of some of its training curriculum. Drawn from CARTA management and staff, CARTA focal points at participating institutions, CARTA’s northern partners, CARTA’s facilitators and fellows, the participants are convening for a four-day meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.[caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignnone" width="900"] Prof. Sharon Fonn demonstrates a process to Dr. Alex Ezeh at the curriculum review meeting[/caption] The curriculum under review during this meeting will be that for CARTA’s innovative Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) and Faculty and Administrators Staff workshop. The review should yield refreshed curriculum that is administered by CARTA.[caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="900"] A group session at the curriculum review[/caption]

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