Science by Women

‘’We need to disabuse young girls minds of the notion that science courses are too difficult to study…’’

We go on with the campaign to commemorate the 11th February, International Day for Women and Girls in Science. We want to show the important role played by MARCAD and African women in general in the scientist field.
Virtue Fiawokome De-Gaulle is a young female researcher from Ghana, and the PhD fellow on the Ghana MARCAD Project. She holds Bsc in Home Science and a Master of Science in Applied Health Social from the University of Ghana.

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"I want to be among people who will help…."

The world has celebrated the international Day of women and girls in science the 11th of February. In this occasion, the women researchers of the MARCAD program have shared their passion for science.
Oumou Kalsom GUEYE, PhD fellow, is one of them. The Senegalese young researcher started her career as a student at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD) where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Medical Entomology with specific focus on malaria.
Being a researcher was a strategy for Oumou to continue doing what she has always like.

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"I see it as an opportunity to contribute to development in health in Sub Saharan Africa"

Dr Matilda Aberese-Ako is a medical and organizational anthropologist and a Researcher in the University of Health and Allied Science (UHAS) in Ghana. She is one of the MARCAD women Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current research focuses on behavioural and attitudinal influences on acceptance of malaria interventions among pregnant women in Sub Saharan Africa.

- Why did you choose to be a researcher?
I am a curious person, who seeks to understand how human behavior is shaped by the context that we live in and one way of understanding such phenomena is through social sciences.

- How, as a woman, would you define the current situation of scientific research in Africa?
The field is tough and needs more funding and encouragement of women to join.

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MARCAD committed to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In the purpose of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science being celebrated on Monday, February 11th, 2019, we have the pleasure to introduce you Women researchers of MARCAD program, through a series of interviews and articles where they share their passion for science.