Fourteen researchers from eight African countries have been identified as the fourth cohort of the African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SGP IV). The awardees were announced at the first-ever virtual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD).
Pelagie Boko-Collins’ work represents the many success stories of the USAID-funded Small Grant Program. Her impactful work in lymphatic filariasis shows how funding support and mentorship are critical to developing African scientists.
The ARNTD joined more than 250 NTD organizations, pharma companies, research institutions, governments and donor agencies to celebrate the inaugural World NTD Day.
NTDs encompass 20 diseases, plus snakebite, that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions and affect mostly poor and marginalized populations.
The Small Grants Program keeps enjoying increased publicity and interest, explaining the 516 applications received for this year’s SGP III. This is a massive jump from the 115 that were received in the previous SGP II. What does this mean for the future of this grant scheme and expanding cadre of young African scientists interested in NTD research!
About Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions in 149 countries – affect more than one billion people and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. Populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock are those worst affected.
American Leprosy Missions announced the winners of the 2020 NTD Innovation Prize. The first-place award of $20,000 went to ARNTD member Dr. Hugues Nana Djeunga and M. Arnauld Efon Ekangouo at the Centre for Research on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases (CRFilMT) in Yaounde, Cameroon. Their project will explore the potential of cell-free DNA as a biomarker to diagnose onchocerciasis.