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October 30| Issue 22
Program News
CARTA Librarian Group publish, mentor seven years later
Librarians from CARTA partner universities and research institutions met in 2012 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the Faculty and Administrators Staff (FAS) Workshop.

As a result of the workshop, they formed the CARTA Librarian Group which brought together eleven CARTA Institution Libraries – comprising of nine Universities and two research institutes.
As a result of the collaboration, the Librarian Group has recently published two papers: a journal article and a protocol for a systematic review registered on Prospero (an international prospective register of systematic reviews ).

FAS is a forum for faculty and administrative staff to discuss to discuss how the different capacities in the universities, can be responsive to and supportive of research, research training, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. The forums have brought together finance officers, deans of graduate schools, academic deans, librarians, procurement officers, registrars among others to deliberate and appreciate their complementary roles. To date, nearly 630 administrators have been trained in the annual workshops. 

Members of the CARTA Librarian Group are Oluwaseun Obasola, John Ayodele Alonge (both CARTA Fellows (Cohort Three and Four respectively) from the University of Ibadan), Peter Devind (University of the Witswatersrand), Alison Kinengyere (Makarere University), Esther Obachi (University of Nairobi), Diston Chiwezea (University of Malawi), Joseph Madata (Ifakara Research Institute), Charles Rugengamanzi (University of Rwanda), and Ibrahim Muhammed (University of Dar es Salaam)

Photo caption: The members of the CARTA librarian group during a short training on evidence synthesis at the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Centre at the Queens University in Kingston Ontario, Canada in March 2018.
Fellows News
Viva! Somefun's PhD homestretch lined with merit and accolades
Four book chapters, eight awards, 21 papers, 43 months of doctoral studies, several fellowships and the list goes on and on.

Our Cohort Six Fellow, Somefun Oluwaseyi Dolapo from the University of Witwatersrand has hanged her doctoral boots in style. With one accolade after another. She is set to graduate on December 9 .


Her supervisor, Clifford Odimegwu , shared: " I wish to thank CARTA for investing in Dr Seyi Somefun, whose unusual productivity in terms of research output is beyond what any PhD student has done. I know her story and how she was taken by CARTA. It has paid off! She will be an asset as a role model to other CARTA Fellows ."

Beatrice interns in the US, presents research in Mexico
Our Cohort Six Fellow, Beatrice Maina from the University of the Witwatersrand was an intern, for two weeks,
at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. Get more details on the internship that she participated in from September 30 to October 10, here.

She also attended the 24th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health in Mexico from October 12 - 15 where she gave two oral presentations on i) Sexual health knowledge and behaviours of young adolescent boys in a resource-poor urban setting in Nairobi, Kenya and; ii) Gendered beliefs and sexual behaviours of young male adolescents in urban informal settlements, Kenya. Beatrice also co-chaired a session on sexual rights and ethics.
Boladale chimes in to mark World Mental Health Day 2019
This year’s World Mental Health Day, marked on October 10 , focused on raising awareness around suicide prevention, recognizing that every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury shows the World Health Organisation. Our Cohort Four Fellow and graduate Boladale Mapayi from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria shares some of the factors that contribute to suicide in low and middle-income countries among young people .
Olujide's abstract captured in conference in Brazil
An abstract by our Cohort Nine Fellow Olujide Arije from the Obafemi Awolowo University was presented at the QESymposium Brasilia 2019 conference held from October 9-11, 2019 in Brazil .

The theme of the conference is 'Using qualitative evidence to inform decisions in the SDG era: New frontiers and innovations.'

The abstract was titled ' Synthesizing qualitative research evidence from complex interventions by inductive thematic content analysis using modified in-vivo coding, ' is available in this program (pg 13).
Fellows Publications
Nieuwoudt SJ, Ngandu CB, Manderson L, Norris SA (2019) Exclusive breastfeeding policy, practice and influences in South Africa, 1980 to 2018: A mixed-methods systematic review. PLOS ONE 14(10): e0224029.
Zakumumpa H, Bennett S, Ssengooba F (2019) Leveraging the lessons learned from financing HIV programs to advance the universal health coverage (UHC) agenda in the East African Community. Global Health Research and Policy volume 4, Article number: 27.

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