Volume 11| November 30, 2018
Our Fellow is in USA for prestigious Carnegie fellowship
Cohort Five Fellow Folusho Balogun is in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) to present her academic work on cervical cancer at the African Studies Association (ASA) meeting that ends tomorrow, December 1. 

Today, November 30, she will lead a discussion based on an abstract from her doctoral study, " What callest thou me?” :The need to eschew obfuscation in cervical cancer research in Africa ” was selected for the panel titled “Publishing in, for, and about Africa- The global politics of African knowledge production.”

Her presentation will show that there is no local name for cervical cancer among the Yoruba speaking people in Ibadan, Nigeria. As a result, community members, traditional healers and health care workers understood and named cervical cancer differently. The implication is delay in diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease. She argues that the absence of a local name for the cancer may explain why knowledge about cervical cancer has consistently been reported by the literature to be low in Africa despite Africa having one of the highest rates of cervical cancer globally.
Felicitations to our new graduates!!!
Adeyinka Adefolarin , Cohort Three from University of Ibadan graduated with a PhD in Public Health (Health Promotion and Education) on November 17.
Charles Masulani Mwale Cohort Three from the University of Malawi graduated with a PhD in Public Health on November 14.
Respicius Shumbusho Damian , Cohort Four from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who graduated with a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration on November 13
Kudos! CARTA Graduate appointed Director
CARTA Cohort One Graduate François Niragire from the University of Rwanda was appointed on October 1, 2018 the Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, College of Business and Economics (CBE) of University of Rwanda.

The Senior Lecturer of Statistics, Department of Applied Statistics will coordinate and monitor all teaching and learning activities across all CBE campuses in order to regularly update and advise on best practices to be used for quality education. 

He said: “ Thank you CARTA for making me a person that an academic community can give such a trust .”

Our Co-Director, Catherine Kyobutungi ’s keynote speech at the 2nd Biennial Conference on the Status of Higher Education in Kenya held from October 30 to November 2. She spoke about doctoral training, research, and outreach in a session chaired by our Program Manager Florah Karimi . Watch it here .
Michael Mutua, our Cohort Four Fellow from the University of the Witwatersrand, gives his expert views in the ongoing public debate on abortion in Kenya following the government’s move to stop paid advertisements by Marie Stopes on safe abortion services at their clinics. Watch him speak on the risks on unsafe abortion in Kenya’s NTV station .

Our Focal Person at the University of Ibadan Akinyinka Omigbodun is quoted in the Nigerian Tribune where he shares why CARTA fellows and alumni are the best in research output .
A fruitful week-long visit by the African Population and Health Research Center’s Board culminated in an afternoon event of pomp and color on November 14 during the ground-breaking ceremony for the upcoming APHRC Training Center.

The training facility, scheduled for completion November 2019, will be home to young and upcoming experts seeking to strengthen their research skills.

The ceremony was graced by various stakeholders, staff and board members.
Our Cohort Two Graduate Linda Alinane Nyondo Mipando ( seated in the middle in red ) from the University of Malawi participated in the 2018 edition of the Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) in Toronto, Canada from November 19 to 21.

She spoke about the perceptions of Malawi’s health care workers on the use of Bubble CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The machine provides oxygen to a patient through nasal prongs and keeps the lungs inflated.
CARTA Cohort Eight Fellows were at the University of the Witwatersrand for the month-long Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS) 2 that began on November 5.

It was packed with lectures around study design and data analysis, diagnostic sessions and clinics. This is the second of the popular JASes and is accredited by the University of Witwatersrand. In the final week, November 22-27, the fellows’ supervisors attended a supervisors’ training workshop. 
Our Cohort Seven fellow Blessings Kaunda-Khangamwa facilitated a workshop that brought together health workers, programme staff and teen mentors to learn how to better engage with adolescents and their wellbeing.

" The Working with Adolescents in Research Workshop held in Blantyre, Malawi from on November 10-11 provided a platform to discuss adolescents as a key population that is not adequately reached with appropriate services and support over-time. It builds on my doctoral studies which focuses on sexual and reproductive health service use and resilience among adolescents attending hospital teen clubs in Blantyre urban, Malawi.

The two-day workshop offered the 40 participants an opportunity to reflect on adolescent-parent-health worker interactions, relationships, their accomplishments, and challenges, including recommendations for better health outcomes.I shared with them the ethics, sensitivity required to work with adolescents including key personnel and institutions that provide psycho-social support when the need arises."
Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Contraceptive Use in Nigeria: Evidence From the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative by Sunday A. Adedini Cohort One Fellow from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Acceptability of couple antenatal education: a qualitative study of expectant couples attending antenatal clinics in Blantyre by Maria Chifuniro Chikalipo Cohort Five from the University of Malawi- College of Medicine. Read the summary here .
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The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has launched the first WHO Africa Innovation Challenge, calling for health innovations with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing the unmet health needs on the continent. Deadline: 10 December 2018 at midnight (GMT+1) Click here for detailed information on the criteria and the application form.

The Indian Institute of Population Science (IIPS)  invites applications for admission for the academic year 2019-20.The admission test shall be conducted online at different designated centers in India. Deadline January 4, 2019 . Visit the Institute's website for detailed admission notification and updates .

Call for papers and participation for the 9th KEMRI Annual Scientific & Health (KASH) Conference . Deadline: November 30, 2018.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs. Eligibility and online application information are available on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs website . Deadline: December 13, 2018.

Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 open to photographers and other image makers from all disciplines to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. Deadline: December 17, 2018. Click here to apply .

For other opportunities check the CARTA website .
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