L-R: Dr. Moussa Sangare, Dr. John Amuasi, Dr. Gladys Mbwanji, Ms. Virtue F. De-Gaulle, Dr. Abdallah Zacharia, Dr. Pauline Mwinzi, Louis Adu-Amoah
The African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) joined the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) for its 2023 annual meeting.
The platform convenes coalition members to facilitate conversations among researchers, the World Health Organization (WHO), country program managers, implementers, and donors.
The 2-day event which took place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, USA, also marked ten (10) years since the Coalition was established as a platform for collaboration in conducting operational research aimed at controlling and eradicating NTDs.
In the five years of its inception, the SGP has received about 1446 applications with 66 scientists awarded through the five cohorts. With close to $1.5 million in research funds disbursed, many young African scientists are contributing to research that removes barriers to elimination in their home countries. Through this partnership the SGP initiative is influencing NTD research policy directions to meet the targeted goals in the 2030 WHO NTD Roadmap.
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 African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD) together with the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Disease (COR-NTD) are delighted to present the nine recipients of the 2023 African Researchers’ Small Grants Program (SPG VI).
Congratulations to the researchers who have been selected for funding to enable them pilot context-driven initiatives to combat NTDs in their communities.
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.