The African Research Institutions are all INDEPTH Network Centres and have been members of CARTA. They are all well-managed, productive and research-active centres, with multidisciplinary research teams operating within strong research environments. Their expertise covers: infectious diseases and rising NCDs; policy and delivery challenges; observational and trial/evaluation research; research platforms that couple clinical and molecular expertise with population sciences and policy studies; and new generation agendas ranging from enhanced data sharing to genomic determinants and related ethical questions.
Their roles in CARTA include:
- Being role models for research leadership
- Offering specialised training in areas of expertise
- Offering research infrastructure and systems including Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) and access to data for secondary analyses
- Providing access to their own and their inter-linked networks
- Mentoring young researchers
- Offering supervisors for PhD fellows through joint appointments at CARTA universities
- Hosting post-doctoral fellows and faculty visits.
These research centers will allow CARTA to realize its aim of developing researchers and supporting Exceptional fellows to become research leaders and to increase university-research center research and training linkages. Some of the institutions include: African Population & Health Research Center (APHRC)Agincourt Population and Health Unit, South Africa, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Program, Kenya.