Volume 16| May 1, 2019
The 3rd CARTA Vice-Chancellors Meeting at the University of Rwanda
Caption: Group photo of participants of the Meeting. Top right: One, University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor Philip Cotton gives welcome remarks at a dinner before the meeting. Two, CARTA Co-Director Sharon Fonn gives an u pdate on the CARTA's performance . Three, University of Ibadan Focal Person Akinyinka Omigbodun and Obafemi Awolowo University Vice Chancellor Eyitope Ogunbodede share a moment at the dinner. Four, Alex Ezeh Professor of Global Health Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University and former CARTA Co-Director as he gave a presentation on a proposed multi- stakeholder funding initiative for Africa.
The 3rd CARTA Vice Chancellors' Meeting was held on April 26 at the University of Rwanda in Kigali. The forum provided an avenue for the heads of CARTA partner institutions to reinforce their commitment to advancing Africa’s research and graduate training capacity and featured discussions on ways to increase research funding in Africa.

Also present were 20 Vice-Chancellors of other African institutions and the Secretary General of African Research Universities Alliance ,Ernest Aryeetey, who were attending their annual meeting. The CARTA Vice Chancellors convening came almost two years after a similar one that was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

CARTA Co-Directors Catherine Kyobutungi and Sharon Fonn made a presentation and engaged the VC's on CARTA, its aims, progress, impact and the its future at the half-a-day meeting. Get more details about the meeting here .
Photos: The Second Focal Persons Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda
Photos from the 2nd CARTA Focal Persons Meeting at the University of Rwanda in Kigali on April 25. The Focal persons discussed their at each institution and deliberated on the future of CARTA.
Cadmus adds voice in global discussions on violence against older women
Our Cohort Seven Fellow Eniola Olubukola Cadmus ( above in the red coat ) from the University of Ibadan was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to participate in an expert group meeting on" Measurement of Violence against Older Women". The two-day meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland between April 2-3 .

The WHO meeting brought together experts from academia, policy and service agencies as well as UN agencies who are directly involved in research and programming related to violence against older women. The meeting provided a platform for the global experts to discuss some of the methodological and measurement issues encountered while trying to measure violence against older women.
Samuel participates in Population Size Estimation Training in Croatia
Our Cohort Eight Fellow Samuel Waweru Mwaniki (in red shirt) participated in the Population Size Estimation and Enhanced Use of Surveys and Program Data for HIV Surveillance in Key Populations.

The training course took place at the WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Strategic Information, University of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia from March 4-8

He said: "Attending the course provided me with knowledge on how to improve the design and development of the methods section of my proposed doctoral research. I also had an opportunity to present my work to other course participants and obtain a critique of the same. Additionally, I created time to network with participants from other countries and course organizers."
Florence speaks at international Environmental Health Summit
Florence Basiimwa Tushemerirwe , Cohort Eight Fellow from Makerere University led a public engagement event during the 3rd International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) and 16th Makerere University Environmental Health Students Association (MUEHSA) conference. Tushemerirwe chaired and led a panel discussion on “The Food Environment, its drivers and Health.”

The conference, held in Kampala, Uganda from April 9-11 was officially opened by the State Minister for Health-Primary Health Care, Joyce Moriku Kaducu . The conference theme was, “Environmental Health: A Cornerstone to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” 
Ayodele takes up elective role in continental Librarian Association
Our Cohort Four Fellow Ayodele John Alonge from the University of Ibadan was elected the Chairperson of the Library Education and Training Institutions section of the African Library & Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA). He takes up the leadership role in AfLIA governing council from this month until May 2021.

" This is an elective position through nomination from Library and Information Science educators and professionals from different countries in Africa. I was nominated and election in April 2019.
The confidence African colleagues have in my abilities and my active involvement in professional association work and leadership as one-time Information Technology Chair and Nigeria ambassador for International Librarian Network contributed to my nomination and election ," he said.
An abstract by our Cohort Six Fellow Mary Wanjira from the University of Nairobi has been accepted for the 5th International conference for Global Network of Public Health Nursing that will take place from May 14-16 in Nairobi, Kenya.

She will give an oral presentation titled: 'Compliance with Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (IFAS) and Associated Factors among Pregnant Women in Kiambu County, Kenya.'

The conference is hosted by the University of Nairobi School of Nursing Sciences in conjunction with Kenya's Ministry of Health.
Thank you Cadmus, Samuel, Florence, Ayodele and Mary for the photos and text.
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The Africa Academy of Sciences DELTAS Africa Review Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from May 2-3 . Our Co-Director, Catherine Kyobutungi will make a presentation tomorrow ( May 1 ) that will outline the various thematic areas that the research being undertaken by our fellows, their contribution to science and new collaborations and the impact of CARTA to date.
The SIDA Science Day from May 20-22 in Stockholm, Sweden. Our Program Manager Florah Karimi and Co-Director Sharon Fonn will represent the consortium. Prof. Fonn will make a short presentation at a workshops during the three day event where she will speak on Gender equality, specifically, how to increase the number of women researchers in research capacity building programs.
CARTA Research and Evaluation Inception meeting scheduled for May 30-31 in Nairobi, Kenya.
This BBC story about family estrangement in the world that cites a publication on the factors and prevalence of older persons in Uganda living alone by our Cohort Two Fellow Stephen Wandera from Makerere University.
April 25 was World Malaria Day and the theme was “Zero malaria starts with me”. Read what the slogan means here and about Malawi testing a malaria vaccine in The Conversation Africa.
Watch below this TED talk by Fredros Okumu , from our partner research institution, Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania as he speaks about the most dangerous animal on Earth, the mosquito.
Our Cohort Three fellow Fredrick Okoth Okaka from Moi University has published an article, Households’ perception of flood risk and health impact of exposure to flooding in flood-prone informal settlements in the coastal city of Mombasa , in the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. Read a summary of his paper here.
More details in our updated March 2019 Fact sheet here .
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AMHRI mHealth Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline: May 6, 2019.

Massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research: infectious diseases of poverty by the World Health Organisation.

Templeton World Charity Foundation is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals for the Global Innovations for Character Development initiative . The initiative aims to support scientific research related to the development and measurement of character strengths in diverse contexts. 

The Foundation is offering up to 12 Proof of Concept ($234,000 USD) awards and one Transition to Scale ($1 million USD) award for innovative, high quality research and implementation projects. More details here .

For other opportunities check out the CARTA website .

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