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October 1, 2019| Issue 21
Program News
Fellow News
Kikelomo: Political leadership has a role in addressing Nigeria's high maternal deaths
Nigeria is second in global maternal deaths after India. The deaths are attributed to inadequate health facilities and lack of skilled personnel. Our graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Kikelomo Aboyowa Mbada (Cohort Five) discussed the link between politics and maternal health based on her doctoral work. She tells South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s journalist Sarah Kimani why this should not be "business as usual for the political leadership."

Kikelomo's PhD looked at the political economy of disparities in maternal health policies in Southwestern Nigeria.
Celestin in Germany for summer school
Our Cohort Seven Fellow, Celestin Banamwana from Makerere University attended the Summer School on enhancing Learning and Teaching in Public Health at Heidelberg University, Germany from September 1-4.

Some of the modules he took included cross-cultural competence, teaching and learning methodology (participatory approaches), writing a research proposal, ethical considerations as well as writing research grants.

The participants were DAAD-sponsored scholars including CARTA-DAAD PhD students. He presented the progress of his doctoral studies and his experiences as a CARTA fellow. From the skills at the training, he has prepared teaching materials on the One Health concept and has applied diverse teaching methods and approaches in teaching the course.
Esan in Scotland for Global Implementation Conference
Our Cohort Eight Fellow Oluwaseun Taiwo Esan from the Obafemi Awolowo University participated in the Global Implementation Conference, in Glasgow, Scotland from September 15-17.

She presented an abstract that discussed the role of innovations on health and wellness outcomes at a time when the global uptake of such effective practices, by organisations and individuals, is limited.

Her session described approaches that successfully assess and build readiness at the organizational and individual levels. She also explored some of the ongoing work in Nigeria to determine the cost implications of readiness. At the end of the session, delegates will also have an opportunity to work collaboratively to identify solutions to build readiness and to address related barriers for successful implementation.

The conference brought together at least 500 participants to promote implementation science, practice, and policy and their active use in human services, in order to contribute to demonstrable and socially significant benefits to people and society.
Tweets: Mary in Australia for Public Health conference
Our Cohort Six Fellow Mary Wanjira Kamau from the University of Nairobi made an abstract presentation on her doctoral work on Community-based Iron and Folic acid supplements to improve maternal and child health.

The conference was held from September 17-19 in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Fellows publications

Joel Olayiwola Faronbi, Grace Oluwatoyin Faronbi, Sunday Joseph Ayamolowo, and Adenike Ayobola Olaoguna

Rose Okoyo Opiyo, Peter Suwirakwenda Nyasulu, Joyce Olenja, Moleen Zunza, Kim A. Nguyen, Zipporah Bukania, Esther Nabakwe, Alexander Mbogo, Anthony Omolo Were

What we are reading and listening to this month
Burning Problems, Inspiring Solutions: Sharing Lessons on Action Against Tobacco and Fossil Fuels , co-authored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance. It shares common solutions and successful case studies from the health, air pollution and climate communities.

'You Have Stolen My Dreams and My Childhood': Greta Thunberg Gives Powerful Speech at UN Climate Summit.
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