Three Scientists Awarded Maiden ARNTD Internal Small Grants

Three scientists have emerged as winners in the first African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) internal Small Grants Program (iSGP). The awardees, comprising one ARNTD member and two mentees, were selected from applicants coming from East, West, Central and Southern Africa following a rigorous review process.

With one of the ARNTD’s strategic objectives being “to stimulate research and strengthen the capacity required in Africa”, the Network’s Management Board dedicated an amount of EUR 20,000 to the iSGP from funds donated by the foundations which supported the initial set-up of the ARNTD. The three iSGP projects to be funded cover the diseases lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis and acute gastroenteritis.

This inaugural iSGP augments the current Small Grants Program (ARNTD-SGP) which the Network runs with support from the Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SGP is open to non-ARNTD members, but funding is limited to the preventive-chemotherapy NTDs.

Grants schemes like the iSGP offer Africa-focused scientists the opportunity to expand their current research capacities and that of their research team members.

ARNTD-iSGP Awardees

Dr. Alexander Kwarteng   

Mentee

Lecturer, KNUST/Post-doc Fellow, KCCR

Ghana

The frequency of filarial attacks among lymphedema patients: A focus on leg stage, adherence to foot-care hygiene, and the impact of seasonal variations

Dr. Kingsley Badu

Member

Lecturer, KNUST

Ghana

 

Validation of diagnostic biomarkers for incriminating vectors of cutaneous leishmaniasis and to quantify their transmission intensity in Ghana

 

Dr. Amy Strydom

Mentee

Post-doc Fellow, Univ. of the Free Sate,

South Africa

 

Adapting a NGS pipeline to determine whole genome sequences of wild type rotavirus isolated from animal stool samples

The ARNTD is the only Africa-based network spear-headed by Africans that embraces research and advocacy on all diseases of poverty. The Network’s membership is spread across 30 countries and involves individuals from a variety of disciplines across health, social, and management sciences, including policymakers. The ARNTD Secretariat is hosted by the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.