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Congratulations to the MARCAD postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Assogba awarded as one of the five top young African scientists to tackle infectious diseases prevalent on the continent.

MARCAD postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Assogba has been awarded training fellowships of The Crick African Network (CAN) as one of the five top young African scientists to tackle infectious diseases prevalent on the continent.
Benoît completed his Biochemistry MPhil at the University of Abomey Calavi, in Benin. Having developed an interest in mosquitoes as the insect ‘vector’ that carries malaria, he then joined the Entomological Research Centre of the Minister of Health as a Research Intern in 2007. There, he pursued his interest in vector biology and control, completing his masters and PhD.
He joined the MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM through Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD) in 2017 for his first postdoctoral fellowship.
As a MARCAD program Fellow, Benoît works on ``Mass swarm trapping as malaria vector control strategy in Gambia´´.
The African Career Accelerator Awards, which were launched earlier this year, are designed to help early-career researchers make the transition to leading their own research groups in Africa.
The first cohort of CAN fellows will start to arrive at the Crick in the new year for training under the mentorship of group leaders with extensive experience researching diseases including HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria.

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DESCRIPTION OF FELLOWSHIPS

The MAlaria Research CApacity Development (MARCAD) Consortium in West and Central Africa is a partnership of institutions sponsored by the Wellcome Trust working in partnership with the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). The University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal is the lead institution working in partnership with the University Health & Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ghana; the University of Yaoundé 1 (UYI), Cameroun; the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia (MRCG), and the Malaria Research & Training Center (MRTC), Mali.

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Beliefs hindering malaria control in pregnant women

[ACCRA]  The perception by pregnant women that they are not at risk of malaria discourages them from going for prevention and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study shows.

According to researchers, there is a need to explore the factors that influence the decisions of pregnant women to adhere to malaria interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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DELTAS AFRICA annual Grantees Meeting 2017, Accra/ Ghana

The Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa (MARCAD) strongly represented at the second annual meeting of the 11 Deltas Africa programmes in Accra.

A strong delegation, led by the Director of Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa (MARCAD), Prof. Oumar Gaye, represented the said programme at the second annual meeting of the 11 DeltasAfrica programmes, held from 03-05 July in Accra, Ghana.

Scientists from 54 institutions, 21 African countries took part in the event which also recorded the presence of several scientists from all over the world and the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ghana, Frimpong Boateng.

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Aminata Collé Lo research protocol

Aminata Collé Lo, a Researcher and Fellow of the MARCAD, calls for the monitoring of '' asymptomatic individuals to eradicate malaria''

The Senegalese researcher Aminata Colé Lô, whose research focuses on the ways and means to eliminate malaria in Africa, has advocated greater monitoring of ''asymptomatic individuals'' in order to eradicating this disease.

"The parasite responsible for malaria transmission is highly variable. It changes shape at the level of its genes to become'' resistant to drugs used. An eye should always be kept on the malaria status in the country'', recommended the specialist in parasitology.

Aminata Colé Lô was submitting her research protocol on malaria, on Wednesday, in Accra (Ghana), at the second annual meeting of the Alliance for the Acceleration of Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA).

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