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Supporting Developing Country Researchers in Publishing Their Work

Establishing an African network of research scientists working on neglected tropical diseases

Oct. 20, 2014 - Oct. 23, 2014 |

20 -23 October 2014, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg

Contact Trudi O’Neill oneillhg@ufs.ac.za if you are interested in attending.

Since 2008 the European Foundations Initiative on Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD) has provided Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 23 African researchers for locally-driven applied research in African research institutions, with 60 PhDs and Masters students also being trained as part of their work. Their research activities range from basic research (including development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics) to implementation and social science research.

EFINTD is also supporting the establishment of an African research network for NTDs (ARNTD). This is an African initiative by African NTD researchers, the founding members being EFINTD research Fellows. The four objectives of ARNTD include:

  • Creating a sustainable collaborative network for NTDs between researchers, policy makers and implementers on the African continent;
  • Promoting NTD research and control in Africa through advocacy and resource mobilisation;
  • Stimulating and strengthen NTD research capacity in Africa;
  • Disseminating evidence-based information on NTDs at all levels of the African health care system.

ARNTD aims to open this platform to African NTD fellows from other funding initiatives. As the first step in this a meeting is being held 20th-23rd October 2014 at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany to discuss and review the activities of the ARNTD and explore synergies with other funding organisations. It will provide a forum for networking with the EFINTD fellows and fellows sponsored by other funding organisations researching into NTDs as they interact in soft skills acquisition workshops and discussion groups. The activities of the ARNTD will be reviewed and actions prioritized for 2014/15.

We are seeking African researchers, working on NTDs, who are interested in being part of ARNTD.

Contact Name:
Trudi O’Neill
Contact Email:
oneillhg@ufs.ac.za

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