Thirty African scientists funded to conduct implementation research

TDR news item
4 July 2018

TDR with the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) have announced 30 small grant awards to scientists from across Africa for implementation research on infectious diseases of poverty.

Malaria research in Nigeria
Malaria research in Nigeria
WHO/TDR

This is the first time the partners have released a joint call for grants that will reach such a broad group of researchers, which includes an equal number of women and men. Scientists will collaborate with national disease programmes in 15 countries to examine how to more effectively deliver health interventions to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of diseases.

TDR’s Manager of Partnerships and Governance Garry Aslanyan says: “This was a great opportunity for TDR to partner with EDCTP and bring implementation research to the forefront in Africa. I am particularly pleased to see the equal gender balance of successful applicants, which is a TDR objective.”

“This joint funding initiative was a natural fit for us,” says Ole Olesen of EDCTP. “Testing out strategies to better identify and manage these illnesses, and involving the community to ensure that the right health technologies are delivered to the people who need them most is our mission.”

EDCTP funds clinical research to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and health technologies to combat poverty-related infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. EDCTP's contribution to this joint investment was directly supported by Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Martin Ota, the AFRO grant coordinator, says: “These small grants provide funding to young African scientists that will help them acquire experiences in managing research funds and generating data for publications, which are fundamental to being internationally competitive. The results will provide some evidence needed to address health system challenges in the countries.”

Funded projects were selected from among 383 proposals from 32 countries. A team of 42 reviewers with 14 representatives from each of the partners – TDR, EDCTP and AFRO – were involved in reviewing the proposals.

The 1-year projects will be conducted from 2018 to 2019.

See the full list of funded grants.


Name of candidate Title of Proposal Location
Céline Marie Yolande Via Diagnostic Communautaire : Lutte Contre le Paludisme, la Diarrhee, la Tuberculose dans les Districts de Toamasina Ii et Mananjary Madagascar
Ogechukwu Aribodor Communal Sustainability for the Administration of Medicines for Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis Control Nigeria
Hamma Maiga Outil D’évaluation de la Chimioprévention du Paludisme Saisonnier Chez les Enfants Agés de 3-59 Mois au Mali: Clairance Parasitaire Mali
Dorcas Mnzava Characterization of Moderate and Severe Anemia by Peripheral Blood Smear in HIV Infected Patients in the Kilombero and Ulanga Antiretroviral Cohort Tanzania
Esther Buregyeya Development of a Behavioural Intervention to Foster Active Tuberculosis Case Finding and Retention in Care Among Migrants in Urban Slums in Kampala Uganda
Ijeoma Nkem Okedo-Alex Community-Directed Implementation of Intermittent Preventive Therapy for Malaria in Pregnancy in Ebonyi State Nigeria
Beatrice Wamuti Modified Assisted Partner Services (aPS) Model to Augment Screening, Diagnosis, Linkage and Retention to Care for HIV and Hypertensive Patients Kenya
Chigozie Jesse Uneke Implementation of Community Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation of Insecticide Treated Net Interventions in Rural Ebonyi State Nigeria
Christie Akwaowo Improving TB Case Finding Using Community Involvement to Increase Uptake of Services in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria
Winnie Bore Improved Identification and Treatment Outcomes for Snake-bite Victims Through Community-Based Strategies in Baringo County Kenya
Bayodé Roméo Adegbite Tuberculosis and Diabetes mellitus Co-morbidity in Gabon (TbDia) Gabon
Martin Nyaaba Adokiya Community-based Case Identification, Management and Defaulter Tracing of Malaria and Hepatitis B Among Pregnant Women, Newborns and Children Ghana
Ifeyinwa Chizoba Akamike Effect of M-Health Technology on Knowledge and Adherence to Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in HIV Clinics in Ebonyi State Nigeria
Adaoha Agu Implementation of Inclusive Community Action in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy and Childhood in Ebonyi State Nigeria
Ricardo Thompson Avaliação da Morbilidade Associada À Schistosomiase em Indivíduos com Idade Igual ou Superior a 15 Anos, No Distrito de Chókwè Mozambique
Richard Magodi Factors Associated with Uptake of Measles-Rubella Vaccine Second Dose Among Children Aged 24–48 Months in Slums of Kinondoni Municipal Council, Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Gomes Adulai Rodrigues Implantação e Avaliação de Software para a Gestão de dados individuais de Pacientes de Tuberculose Guinea-Bissau
Eustache Muteba Ayumba Virtual Community of Healthcare Facilities (VCHF): Optimization of Malaria Treatment (OMAT) The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Addisu Melese Delay in Diagnosis of Smear Positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis and its Effect on Patient Treatment Outcome and Household Contact Transmission Ethiopia
Phyllis Maina Task Shifting HIV Testing Services to Resident and Nonresident Community Health Volunteers and People Living with HIV Among Slum Dwellers in Maina Village and Majengo in Laikipia County Kenya
Tadesse Eguale Acute Diarrhea:Major Bacterial causes and its Management Practices in Patients Attending Primary Health Care Facilities in Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Germano Pires Análise de Políticas de Controlo da Tuberculose e Perfil Epidemiológico da Infecção em Moçambique (2004-2016) Mozambique
Cyrille Ndo A small Scale Study to Test Housing Improvement as Supplemental Malaria Vector Control Strategy in Forested Area Cameroon
Aboubacar Magassouba Mise en Place du Dépistage Actif de la Tuberculose Chez les Femmes Suivi pour PTME à Conakry Guinea
Sonia Juliette Etenna Pathogènes Associés aux Diarrhées Chez L’enfant en Milieu Urbain Versus Rural Gabon
Mulualem Tadesse Evaluation of Contact Investigation as a Strategy to Improve Tuberculosis Case Detection Among University Students Ethiopia
Funmilola Oyelami Generating Political Commitment for Onchocerciasis Control in Endemic Local Government Areas in Oyo State Nigeria
Harriet Babikako Improved Performance of Community Health Extension Workers in Child Tuberculosis and Missed HIV Detection and Linkage to Care in Slum Settlements of Kawempe North in Kampala City Uganda
Chihurumnanya Alo Effect of Training Community Members in the Detection and Referral of Buruli Ulcer Cases to Hospital in Ebonyi State Nigeria
Clarisse Musanabaganwa Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Toward Podoconiosis Among Health Professionals and Community in a High Burden Zone Rwanda

For more information, please contact Garry Aslanyan.