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Dr. Alex Ezeh, CARTA Director interview with Wellcome trust

posted Oct 18, 2012, 10:22 PM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 10:33 PM ]

The CARTA Director Dr. Alex Ezeh gave a 3 minute interview to Wellcome Trust on the CARTA Program.  Click here to view the interview

2013 African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF)

posted Oct 17, 2012, 6:29 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 10:18 PM ]

Deadline: January 15, 2013
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the sixth call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The ADDRF Fellowship Program seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their doctoral training. The Program targets doctoral students with strong commitment to a career in training and/or research. The overall goal of the ADDRF Program is to support the training and retention of highly-skilled, locally-trained scholars in research and academic positions across the region.

The ADDRF will award about 20 fellowships in 2013 to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis at an African university. In this phase of funding and in consideration of IDRC's health programming priorities, candidates whose dissertation topics address health policy or health systems issues will be given special consideration. The Program has also reserved three fellowships for doctoral students conducting research on health inequities in urban areas or the reproductive health of marginalized urban communities. These three fellowships are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The application form and supporting documents must be submitted online at https://www.aphrc.org/insidepage/ADDRF.php     

 For questions, please contact:

The ADDRF Manager, E-mail: 2013addrf@aphrc.org 
Telephone: 254 20 400 1000/ +254 20 266 2244 /+254 20 266 2255
Cell: +254 722 205-933 / 720 098-388 / 733 410-102; Fax : +254 20 400 1101

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Date limite: 15 janvier 2013
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), avec l'appui du Centre de Recherche pour le Développement International (CRDI) a le plaisir de lancer le 6e appel à candidatures pour la Bourse Africaines de Recherche pour la Rédaction de Thèse (ADDRF). ADDRF a pour but de faciliter un engagement plus rigoureux des étudiants en thèse de doctorat dans la recherche; de renforcer leurs capacités à faire la recherche ainsi que d'offrir aux boursiers l'opportunité de terminer à temps la rédaction de leur thèse. La bourse vise les étudiants en thèse de doctorat engagés vers une carrière en formation et/ou en recherche.Le but général d'ADDRF est d'appuyer la formation et le maintien de spécialistes dans la région, formés localement dans le secteur académique et de la recherche.

L'ADDRF attribuera environ 20 bourses en 2013. Ces bourses seront octroyées aux étudiants d'universités africaines auxquels il reste tout au plus deux ans pour terminer leurs thèses. Pendant cette phase et en tenant compte des priorités du CRDI en matière de programmes de santé, une attention particulière sera accordée aux candidat(e)s dont les sujets de thèses adressent les problèmes de politique de santéé ou de système de santé. Le Programme a également réservé trois bourses pour les doctorants e¬ffectuant des recherches sur des questions liées aux inégalités en matière de santé en milieu urbain ou à la santé de la reproduction dans les communautés urbaines défavorisées. Ces trois bourses sont financées par la Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Le formulaire de demande et les pièces justi¬catives doivent être soumis en ligne à https://www.aphrc.org/insidepage/ADDRF.php.

Pour des questions, veuillez contacter:
ADDRF Manager, Courrier électronique: 2013addrf@aphrc.org
Tél: +254 20 400 1000/ +254 20 266 2244 /+254 20 266 2255
Téléphone cellulaire: +254 722 205-933 / 720 098-388 / 733 410-102; Fax : +254 20 400 1101

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Simbarashe Takuva's Poster on Infectious Diseases Wins an Award for Best Poster

posted Oct 1, 2012, 10:43 PM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 11:03 PM ]

Simbarashe Takuva, a CARTA fellow cohort 2 who is based at the University of the Witwatersrand has won the best poster award on infectious diseases.  Simba, as he is fondly called by his colleagues, is also a PhD student of the University of Witwatersrand.  His PhD research topic is Epidemiological Studies of Impact of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D Gene Polymorphisms on HIV Disease Progression and Tuberculosis Susceptibility among HIV-infected Patients.  

CARTA Secretariat and the CARTA community at the University of the Witwatersrand wish him the best of luck in his studies.  The news on Simba's achievement are carried in the September 2012 issue of the Health Sciences Research News of the The University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences.  A copy of the issue is available here for your download.
Simba (Left) with CARTA fellows Siphe and Evaline on a visit to KEMRI WellCome Trust Laboratories, Kilifi, Kenya in March 2012

Keynote Address on Youth Development at the Obafemi Awolowo University

posted Oct 1, 2012, 10:09 PM by Makau Ngola

The CARTA Director Dr. Alex Ezeh is on a visit to Nigeria.  While in Nigeria, Dr. Ezeh will give a Key Note Address on Youth Development at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on October 2, 2012.  All CARTA fellows who can make it are welcome.

CARTA PARTNERS HOLD ANNUAL MEETING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:01 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:52 AM ]

25 cohort 3 CARTA Fellows selected for the CARTA PhD Fellowships 2012/13.

2012 Annual CARTA Partners’ meeting was held from August 27th – 29th, 2012 at the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  All members were in attendance except the University of Dar es Salaam who could not be represented owing to last minute logistical constraints.

CARTA Secretariat received a total of 43 nominations from CARTA institutions after they had vetted initial applicants.  These were granted access to the CARTA website to undertake an online assignment - pre Joint Advanced Seminar Part 1 (Pre JAS 1) from June 15 – July 15, 2012.  The assignment was in five parts, two of which lead to certification on plagiarism and ethics.  The other three parts tested candidates’ level of critically reviewing of peer-reviewed articles, their ability to undertake numeracy tasks and an assignment on critical thinking.  They submitted the certificates and work to CARTA Secretariat for grading.  They also had submitted an application package with motivation essays which was also reviewed and graded.

The results were presented to the Partners who helped in the selection process.  A total of 25 fellows were selected comprising 11 males and 14 females.  All the CARTA academic institutions had a fellow selected for the fellowship unlike in the previous selection for cohort 2, where two academic institutions did not have representation in the fellowship.  Moi University and the University of Ibadan got four fellowships each followed by the universities of Malawi, Witwatersrand and Obafemi Awolowo with three each.  Universities with two candidates each are University of Nairobi, Makerere and the National University of Rwanda.  The University of Dar es Salaam and the Ifakara Health Institute got one fellowship each.

 

Institution

Selected

Total Selected

Males

Females

1

Ifakara Health Institute

0

1

1

 

2

University of Dar es Salaam

0

1

1

 

3

National University of Rwanda

2

0

2

 

4

Makerere University

1

1

2

 

5

University of Nairobi

0

2

2

 

6

University of Malawi

3

0

3

 

7

Obafemi Awolowo University

2

1

3

 

8

University of the Witwatersrand

1

2

3

 

9

Moi University

1

3

3

 

10

University of IIbadan

1

3

5

 

Total

11

14

25

 

The 25 selected candidates will undertake online pre Joint Advanced Seminar Part 2 from October 1, 2012 – February 28, 2013 in preparation for the Joint Advanced Seminar 1 (JAS 1) to be held in March 2013 when the fellowship program will officially commence.  The following is a full list of the selected fellows:

Name

Institution

Sex

1

Adesola Oluwafunmilola Sangowawa

Ibadan

F

2

Adeyinka Olufolake Adefolarin

Ibadan

F

3

Olusegun Emmanuel Thomas

Ibadan

M

4

Oluwaseun Ireti Obasola

Ibadan

F

5

Nahya Salim Masoud

Ifakara

F

6

Kato Charles Drago

Makerere

M

7

Kyomuhendo Marjoirie Niyitegeka

Makerere

F

8

Evangeline Wawira Njiru

Moi

F

9

Fredrick Okoth Okaka

Moi

M

10

Judith Nekesa Mangeni

Moi

F

11

Providence Jepchirchir Kiptoo

Moi

F

12

Emmanuel Sebahutu

NUR

M

13

Massudi Hakizamungu

NUR

M

14

Joel Olayiwola Faronbi

OAU

M

15

Ojo Melvin Agunbiade

OAU

M

16

Olufunmilayo Olufunmilola Banjo

OAU

F

17

Anitha Philbert

UDSM

F

18

Charles Masulani Mwale

UNIMA

M

19

Save Kumwenda

UNIMA

M

20

Tonney Stophen Nyirenda

UNIMA

M

21

Angelina Chepchirchir

UON

F

22

Anne Majuma Khisa

UON

F

23

Nicolette Naidoo

Wits

F

24

Samanta Lalla-Edward

Wits

F

25

Stephen Pentz

Wits

M

CANDIDATES ON RESERVE

1

Ndugga Patricia

Makerere

F

2

Esther Gabriel Mandara

UDSM

F

3

Oyewale Akanfe Oyediran

Ibadan

M

Three candidates were placed on the reserve list to take up position in case a candidate fails to take their fellowship among them, one from Ibadan to replace an Ibadan fellow in the event an Ibadan fellow fails to continue.  These reserve candidates will also undertake the online pre JAS Part 2 assignments

JAS 2 for Cohort II, Vice Chancellors' and Supervisors' meeting

posted Aug 20, 2012, 5:42 AM by Makau Ngola

CARTA will host the Joint Advanced Seminar 2 for the CARTA PhD fellows cohort 2 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa from November 12 – December 6, 2012.  JAS II builds on the experiences of JAS I held in March 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, where the fellows were exposed to presentations and field visits aimed at building their critical thinking, upgrading their technical skills and other core research competencies as well as essential concepts and seminal articles in their disciplines.  The fellows will learn data management and analysis techniques through introduction to software packages for qualitative and quantitative data management and analyses.  

Fellows will have an opportunity to meet with their supervisors who will be taking their training workshop from November 19 – 23, 2012 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The workshop hopes to further develop doctoral supervisory skills amongst academics in CARTA participating universities.  During the workshop, supervisors will have an opportunity to meet and acquaint themselves, as advisors to CARTA PhD Fellows, with VCs of CARTA partner institutions as well as interact with some facilitators, their students and other fellows in the cohort.

Also planned at the time of the JAS II, is the first meeting of Vice Chancellors from CARTA institutions.  They will hold their meeting from November 19 – 20, 2012 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The main objective of this meeting is to discuss research capacity strengthening in Africa using the CARTA model which will be presented.  

Other expected outcome of the meeting is the identification of various modalities through which African partner institutions can enhance PhD training and offer an opportunity for both CARTA and the Vice Chancellors, to further discuss African tertiary intuitions leadership role on the continent.  

3rd CARTA Administrators' and Faculty Workshop, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

posted Aug 20, 2012, 5:38 AM by Makau Ngola

A capacity development training workshop for University Administrators and University Junior Faculty is to be conducted from August 30 to September 1, 2012 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  This is the second this year after the 2nd one which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from January 30 - Febraury 1, 2012.
This workshop is being conducted in line with CARTA’s mandate to develop and deliver an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa and to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research. 
Those attending are junior faculty staff with less than five years after graduating, institutions administrators, finance officers, librarians, information technology personnel , and registrars.  It is expected that they will learn vital skills needed in doctoral training and be able to effectively support in research.  The theme of the workshop is Supporting Research & Postgraduate Programs in African Universities.

3rd CARTA Partners' Forum and Board of Management Meetings

posted Aug 20, 2012, 5:32 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Aug 20, 2012, 5:33 AM ]

The 3rd CARTA Partners’ Forum will be held at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria from August 27 – 28, 2012.  The two day’s meeting will deliberate on various issues in the management and execution of the CARTA Program.  
Partners will report on CARTA activities in their institutions, as well as participate in the CARTA PhD fellows cohort 3 selection process. Also on the Agenda for the Partners’ Forum, is the election of the next CARTA Board of Management members.  Nominees from CARTA Partners institutions have been undertaking online pre Joint Advanced Seminars assignments to be used in the granting of PhD Fellowships.

The Sixth meeting of the CARTA Board of Management will be held at the same venue on 29th August 2012.  The Board will consider for approval resolutions passed at the ended Partners’ Forum including receiving new members of the board and a list of CARTA PhD fellows cohort 3 selected at the Partners’ Forum. 

CARTA mentoring process

posted Aug 2, 2012, 5:06 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Aug 6, 2012, 2:59 AM ]



Stephen Ojiambo Wandera a faculty member of Makerere University and a CARTA PhD fellow cohort 2, will link up with Dr. Isabella  Aboderin, a senior research scientist at the African Population and Research Center (APHRC)  in a mentoring role that will see him receive guidance in his PhD research on senior citizens in Uganda.  
 
Mr. Wandera’s PhD research is on determinants of health care utilization among senior citizens in Uganda.  Dr Aboderin’s research interest is in ageing in sub-Saharan Africa focusing on four areas; ageing policy and development agendas, social determinants of health in old age, health systems and access to health care in old age and Intergenerational support and family relationships.  
 
In Dr. Aboderin, Mr. Wandera has found a perfect match for a mentor and it is hoped that the relationship will culminate in exchange of ideas and experiences to shape his research.
Stephen Wandera (right) with Dr. Isabella Aboderin at APHRC offices
While visiting APHRC on July 31st 2012, Mr. Wandera presented to an audience comprising experienced researchers at APHRC led by the Executive Director Dr. Alex Ezeh, an outline of his PhD research proposal and indicated the design of the study.  He received valuable feedback which he said was crucial in shaping the design of the research in the future.

CARTA’s goal of building a vibrant African Academy capable of running world-class multi-disciplinary research which will positively impact on the public and population health is set to be realized through a process of rigorous training through Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) and a mentoring process that pairs up-coming faculty members with experienced ones.  
 
CARTA identifies the needs of the faculty members (mentees) from their research interests and pairs them with their mentors who have same research interest for purposes of getting guidance in their work.  The mentor does not have to be necessarily the supervisor of the mentee, however, Stephen will now be supervised by Dr. Aboderin as the second supervisor.

CARTANews interviewed Stephen on the CARTA Mentorship program and got the following responses:
CARTANews: How do you feel now that you have a mentor at APHRC to guide in your PhD studies?
Stephen: I feel privileged and honored to have a mentor to guide my PhD studies. What makes it more interesting for me is that she is willing to be a co-supervisor. I feel have backup, guidance, and a sense of direction and belonging as well.

 CARTANews: What do you hope to gain from the mentorship process?
Stephen: Acquiring scientific writing skills, publication and scientific writing relevant to international standards, writing for policy communication, and learning from the giants in scientific world. 

CARTANews: What else can you say about the CARTA mentorship Program?
Stephen: The CARTA mentorship program is a brilliant arrangement for the fellows. It is a network that is critically needed by any PhD student on the African continent. I am really grate
ful about this initiative by the CARTA program. I encourage all the CARTA fellows to utilize this golden opportunity. All of us needed mentorship in academia. By standing on the shoulders of the giants, we shall be able to see far.

Alex Ezeh: bringing world-class research home

posted Jul 25, 2012, 1:51 AM by Makau Ngola   [ updated Jul 25, 2012, 1:52 AM ]

He was the first person in his family to go to a secondary school, the second person in his Nigerian village to go to university, and as the first head of the Kenya-based African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) Alex Ezeh is transforming the way research is done in and for Africa. Unsurprisingly, he's a remarkable man to talk to. Intense yet charming, the thing that really hits home is the clarity of his vision for development in Africa, the role of the APHRC in that development, and the power with which he communicates that vision. “He is a unique African driven by the ambition to improve the volume, relevance, and quality of research in Africa by Africans or Africanists that ultimately improves the wellbeing of Africans”, says Moses Oketch, of the University of London's Institute of Education in the UK. It was The Lancet's pleasure to catch up with Ezeh during a recent trip to London for the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa. 

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