Volume 03 | March 29, 2018
News & Updates
CARTA wishes you and your family good health, happiness, and lots of love during this Easter season.
Joint Advanced Seminars (JAS) 1 & 4 in Makerere University, Uganda

CARTA and Makerere University just concluded the month-long residential JAS 1 (Cohort Eight) & 4 (Cohort Five) Conferences for 54 fellows from March 5-28 at the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala. Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (on the left) officiated the opening ceremony of the JASes.

JAS 1 builds critical thinking, technical skills, and other core research competencies to the new fellows, thus introducing them to the essential concepts and seminal articles of the disciplines ahead of their doctoral studies. JAS 4 on the other hand, addresses professional development including skills necessary to manage and teach large class sizes, raise and manage research funds, grant writing and research management. JAS 4 is also an opportunity for senior fellows to mentor the junior fellows drawn from JAS 1.

On the the third week of JAS 4, on March 20, Cohort Five fellows participated in the 5th Annual Joint Advanced Seminars Conference. The 26 fellows each had 10-minutes to highlight a section of their doctoral research around population and public health. The conference was opened by Prof. David Owiny , the deputy director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training at Makerere University. Listen to some of the presentations here .
17th CARTA Board of Management Meeting in Kampala, Uganda

The 17th CARTA Board of Management Meeting was held in Kampala, Uganda on the sidelines of CARTA’s Joint Advanced Seminar 1 & 4. Key objectives were to update the board on achievements and activities from African and non-African partners; discuss ideas to enhance CARTA’s postdoctoral training opportunities as well as approve the updated 2018 budget.

Participants of the BoM Meeting: Bottom L-R: Peter Ngure, Evelyn Gitau, Catherine Kyobutungi, Buyinza Mukadasi (Board Chair), Adramane Soura, Mabayoje Aluko. Top L-R : Emmanuel Otukpa, Nino Kuenzli, Janet Moraa, Joseph Gichuru, Mercy Ndwiga, Emma Bergstedt, and Pierre Claver Rutayisire.
African universities are ignoring a rich, invaluable resource: their alumni

CARTA Program Manager Prof. Peter Ngure ’s article in the Conversation Africa on why it is perilous for universities across Africa to ignore their graduates . Peter describes the graduates as a ‘potential gold mine’ and argues for alumni tracking.

The cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya's public health facilities

Watch Michael Mutua, CARTA Cohort Four fellow, giving his expert analysis of the cost of treating unsafe abortions.

His interview is based on this  nationwide study  o n the incidence of abortion in Kenya conducted by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ipas. It shows that nearly half a million induced abortions—unsafe for the most part—occurred in Kenya  in 2012 , resulting in medical complications, most of which were treated in public health facilities.
CARTA has a presence both online ( Twitter, Facebook, Website ) and offline. We would like to interact with you on the online platforms as well.

Therefore, please follow this  link  and fill in your details to get started. 

If you do not have an account, drop CARTA Communications Officer, Eunice Kilonzo , a separate email and she will help you set up, teach you how to tweet and use your social media sites to engage with other researchers and to tell them (and the public) more about your doctoral study and/or journey.

Engendering a Conducive Environment for University Students with physical Disabilities: Assessing Availability of Assistive Facilities in Nigeria by CARTA Cohort Six fellow, Macellina Yinyinade Ijadunola , from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

'Perceptions of pregnant adolescents on the antenatal care received at Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre, Malawi ' by CARTA fellows Maria Chikalipo (Cohort ) and Alinane L. Nyondo-Mipando (Cohort Two) , both from the University of Malawi.
Regional REDCap Training April 23-30, 2018

CARTA M&E Officer, Emmanuel Otukpa , is spearheading the regional training on the use of the online Research Data Capture tool (REDCap) in the tracking of CARTA fellowship awardees as well as how it can be used as a full-fledged M&E tool.
CARTA PhD fellowship . Deadline: April 15, 2018

CARTA Re-entry grants . Deadline: April 15, 2018

CARTA Post-doctoral fellowship. Deadline: April 15, 2018

Grand Challenges Explorations grant opportunities. Deadline: May 2, 2018. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the next round of  Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE)  for the following three challenges (application deadline is  May 2, 2018 ):

Grand Challenges:  Campylobacter spp. Transmission Dynamics in Low- and Middle-Income Countries . Application deadline is  May 2, 2018.

Grand Challenges Explorations – Brazil:  Data Science Approaches to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Brazil . Application deadline is  May 2, 2018.

Grand Challenges Explorations – India (Round 4) . Application deadline is  March 31, 2018 .

Grand Challenges for Development:  Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge . Application deadline is  April 12, 2018.

For other opportunities check the CARTA website
Share with us any news and updates such as published papers, policy briefs, community engagement activities, scholarships, won a grant, attending or about an upcoming conference, a call for applications/funding/papers. Share before April 16, 2018 to be included in the next CARTA news & updates.