Volume 05| May 31, 2018
News & Updates
REDCAP Regional Training in Nairobi For CARTA Fellows

CARTA held a successful three-day regional REDCap data management training workshop for CARTA fellows in Nairobi, Kenya from May 8-10, 2018.

REDCap also Research Electronic Data Capture in full, is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.

The 35 fellows, from Cohort Seven and Eight, were drawn from the East and Southern Africa region. They attended the one-of-its-kind workshop where they learned how to use the REDCap software for data collection and dataset management. 

The three-day intensive training was spearheaded by CARTA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Emmanuel Otukpa, and was co-facilitated by an expert on the software, Mapule Nhlapho, from the University of the Witwatersrand Biomedical Informatics Center.

Meet Dr. Florah Karimi - CARTA Program Manager

Dr. Karimi has joined CARTA as a Program Manager. She will work with Prof. Peter Ngure in supporting the implementation of the CARTA Program to strengthen doctoral training in Africa, through provision of support to staff and faculty of partner universities in doctoral and post-doc fellowships; strengthening of research, supervision and management capacities among faculty and administrators of African universities.

She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education from Kenyatta University and a Doctoral degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of South Africa. Previously, she was actively engaged in quality assurance in universities in the African region, including engagement in the development of policies, regulations, standards and guidelines and benchmarks for university education. She has been the Kenyan focal person for World Bank Projects relating to university education in the continent.
CARTA fellows attend India Alliance Conference

The conference held from May 17-19, 2018 at Oberoi Hotel, was organised by The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

AESA's mission is to catalyze investments, strategies and programs that promote the brightest minds in Africa, foster scientific excellence, inspire research leadership and accelerate innovation in ways that will improve lives and shift the center of gravity for African science to Africa.

The meeting was a great opportunity for the participants—including two CARTA fellows Emmanuel Kaindoa (Cohort Five) and Judith Mangeni (Cohort Three) —to learn about cutting edge science from their peers who are researchers from the India Alliance and other Africa DELTAS fellows. They discussed potential collaborations with other fellows and the opportunities available such as the African Academy of Sciences Africa-India Mobility Fund. Dr. Simon Kay, Wellcome Trust Head of International Operations and Partnerships, interacted with the CARTA fellows and they discussed opportunities for funding.
L-R: Funanani Nemaheni, Florah Karimi, Joseph Gichuru, Maggie Dallman, Catherine Kyobutungi, Evelyn Gitau, and Peter Ngure during the visit to the Center.
Imperial College London VP visits APHRC

Professor Maggie Dallman (middle), Vice President for International Engagements at Imperial College London, paid a courtesy call to the Center to explore opportunities for future collaboration with APHRC and CARTA.

The meeting was also a chance for Prof. Dallman to learn more about the Center’s priorities for the next few years. She was accompanied by Funanani Nemaheni and Helen Challis both from Imperial College. APHRC was represented by Florah Karimi (CARTA Program Manager), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC Deputy Executive Director), Catherine Kyobutungi (APHRC Executive Director), Evelyn Gitau (APHRC Director Research Capacity Strengthening), and Peter Ngure (CARTA Program Manager).
CARTA mentioned in University World News

CARTA has been quoted in the in-depth article published on May 25, 2018 , Towards a common standard for postgraduate training , following the IUCEA meeting in Kigali in April 23-25, 2018.

Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting in Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-director), Prof. Peter Ngure (CARTA Program Manager) and Dr Evelyn Gitau (APHRC Director, Research Capacity Strengthening) will travel to Basel, Switzerland for the first Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting from June 11-12, 2018.
Representatives from all Northern Partner institutions— Brown University, CCGHR (coalition of 24 member universities), Swiss TPH, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick, University of Bergen, and Uppsala Monitoring Centre— will attend. They will discuss how to continue their support to the consortium in areas such as facilitating JASs, FAS and Supervisors’ trainings, and Graduate workshop as well as training opportunities for CARTA fellows, mentorship to the fellows and reviewing their doctoral research among others.
BIARI in Nairobi

CARTA fellows and secretariat will participate in the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), workshop at the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya from June 3-9, 2018 . The theme is “Health and Social Change in Africa.”
Apply: CARTA Graduate Workshop . Deadline June 1, 2018.

Call For Abstracts: 2018 Swiss Public Health Conference . Deadline June 4, 2018.

Apply: New sub-Saharan Africa grant scheme, Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships which offers talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field, the opportunity to develop an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution.

For other opportunities check the CARTA website
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