Multiple prestigious awards to IHI researchers

Oct. 9, 2019
Multiple prestigious awards to IHI researchers
A combo photo of the three winning researchers. PHOTO/IHIcoms

Three Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) researchers have won three prestigious international fellowships over the last month. They are: Drs Nicodem Govella, Mohamed Rashid and Florence Milando.

Dr. Govella wins African Research Leaders Award

Dr. Govella, who is Chief Research Scientist and Head of the Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences department at IHI based in Dar es Salaam, won the African Research Leaders Award jointly awarded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID).

“After several months in the works, we are most delighted to confirm that Prof. Nicodem J. Govella has been awarded the prestigious African Research Leaders Award jointly by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and UK Department for International Development (DFID),” informed IHI Director of Science, Dr. Fredros Okumu, when he notified staff through a congratulatory message to Nico on October 8 2019..

Over the next four years, Dr. Govella will undertake an approximately TZS 2 billion project to identify, quantify and address the underlying behavioral causes of persisting malaria transmission in climatically distinct geographic strata, so that they can be optimally tackled with supplementary vector control measures.

This problem has already been prioritized as an important question by the Government of Tanzania, acting through the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) with the aim of adjusting intervention choices according to the local context to maximize impact.

Dr. Rashid wins Clinical Research and Development Fellowship

Dr. Mohamed Rashid, a clinician at the IHI Kingani Clinical Trials Facility in Bagamoyo, has won the Clinical Research and Development Fellowship offered by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).

“The fellowship supports researchers from low- and middle-income countries to acquire specific skills in clinical research and development through placements in pharmaceutical companies, product development partnerships and research institutions,” notified Dr. Ally Olotu, Head of the Interventions and Clinical Trials department at IHI, in his email to IHI staff on October 7 2019. 

Over the next 12 months, Dr. Rashid will be placed at Luxembourg Institute of Health in the Clinical and Epidemiological Investigation Center. The training will provide an important platform for his career development in the field of clinical research. 

Dr. Milando wins Global Health Leadership Fellowship

A Research Scientist also from the IHI Clinical Trials Facility in Kingani, Bagamoyo, Dr. Florence Milando, has won the Afya Bora Fellowship in Global Health Leadership for the year 2019-2020. The program provides health professionals with leadership, program management and evaluation skills.

Dr. Milando had this to say: "This opportunity is well tailored to influence my work and career trajectory. I anticipate this basing on the training in leadership skills through didactic modules along with the opportunity to apply learned skills at attachment sites. The combination will positively impact on my performance at work and enhance my potential to improve long-term institutional capacity."

The fellowship, which was confirmed in August this year and made public on September 12 2019, is run by the Afya Bora Consortium which is a partnership of African and US universities formed to provide future global health leaders with practical skills that are currently not part of traditional training in the health professions.

The consortium members from Africa are: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Tanzania); Makerere University (Uganda); University of Botswana (Botswana), and University of Nairobi (Kenya).

From the US are: Johns Hopkins University; University of California in San Francisco; University of Pennsylvania; and University of Washington. #