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Training for scientific research: Afrique One-ASPIRE strengthens the capacities of some fifty African researchers

The Research Consortium Afrique One-ASPIRE has strengthened the capacities of some 50 African young researchers in One Health, research institution management, grants and scientific writing. It was from the 10th to 18th September 2017, during the summer school organized as part of the 2nd annual meeting of Afrique One-ASPIRE.

From October 2016 to February 2017, Afrique One-ASPIRE recruited 52 young researchers from 10 African countries. The mission of these fellows is to generate evidence on canine rabies and brucellosis control and elimination, tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer and foodborne diseases control and the surveillance of emerging diseases.

This summer school was the opportunity to bring them together in a same place, the Nelson Mandela-African Institute of Science and Technologies (NM-AIST), the host institution, and to give them the tools to better conduct their research. The One Health approach, interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, statistics, scientific and grant writing and research institution management were the main training modules.

The fellows also benefited from the presence and support of the coordination team of Afrique One-ASPIRE, composed of Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, director, Dr Sayoki Mfinanga, deputy director, Dr Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa, programme manager, Drs Aurelie Cailleau and Katharina Kreppel, training coordinators, Mrs Ibrahim Doukouré and Emmanuel Dabo, respectively responsible for finance and communication. Prof Jakob Zinsstag, Drs Gilbert Fokou, Nicodem Govella and Emmanuel Mpolya, members of the Afrique One-ASPIRE supervision team, also shared their knowledge with the young researchers.  

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