Launch workshop of Afrique One-ASPIRE research activities on food-borne diseases

Food-borne illnesses have a considerable impact worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly one in ten people get sick each year by eating contaminated food, and 420,000 deaths result. In addition, nearly one-third (30%) of all deaths from food-borne illnesses occur in children under five years of age.

To address this major public health concern, the Afrique One-African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence (ASPIRE) has integrated foodborne and nutritional diseases into one of its five thematic training programs (TTP) and recruited 13 fellows, including 2 Post-doctoral students, 7 PhD students and 4 master's students. They will conduct research to better understand foodborne diseases and identify solutions to control and eliminate them.

To launch these research activities, the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) and Afrique One-ASPIRE organized the "Launch meeting of the TTP-Food of Afrique One-ASPIRE". This meeting will take place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, from 24 to 26 May 2017. It will consider consolidating the research themes of the 13 fellows by focusing on ethical aspects, research proposals, Supervision team and training needs.

A major objective of the meeting is for participants to become familiar with all planned or ongoing research activities under the TTP-Food. It will also provide an opportunity to prepare the next meeting of the Afrique One-ASPIRE Board of Directors in September 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania.

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