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Dear Centre Leaders,
We hope you have had a good week.
We have the following items for your attention:
  • Prof Corrah joins INDEPTH Board
  • INDEPTH ED presents CHESS innovation at major health forum
  • Abstract submission for the 8th EDCTP Forum is now open
  • New appointments at IHI
  • Chililab HDSS conducts new research
1. Prof Corrah joins INDEPTH Board
 Professor Tumani Corrah 
The Director of the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Professor Tumani Corrah has joined the INDEPTH Board. Prof. Corrah is also the MRC’s foundation Director of Africa Research Development and the first Emeritus Director of the Medical Research Council Unit (MRC), The Gambia.  

This provides Tumani with the ideal platform from which to work with partners to enhance research excellence by supporting talented researchers working on significant research challenges for health in west, central and eastern Africa. Read more
2. INDEPTH ED presents CHESS innovation at major health forum
INDEPTH Network Executive Director, Prof. Osman Sankoh, on 20 April 2016 presented CHESS during a session on SDGs Metrics at the Geneva Health Forum in Switzerland. The session brought together key players in the field of measuring indicators of progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more
3. Abstract submission for the 8th EDCTP Forum is now open
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is pleased to announce that the service for submission of abstracts for the Eighth Forum is open. Till 24 June 2016, we welcome abstracts for presentation at the EDCTP Forum in Lusaka, Zambia, from 6 - 9 November 2016. The Forum is organised by EDCTP in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia. Since 2014, the Republic of Zambia is a member of the EDCTP-Association and a Participating State in the EDCTP2 programme. Read more
News from our member centres
1. New appointments at IHI
The Board of Trustees of the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Honorati Masanja as the Chief Executive Director (CED) of Ifakara Health Institute effective from July 2016. Read more
Dr. Honorati Masanja - Designated Chief Executive Director
The board is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fredros Okumu Deputy Chief Executive Director Science with effect from 1st July 2016.  Dr. Fredros Okumu is a Research Scientist at Ifakara Health Institute, where he is also Head of Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences Department. Read more
Dr. Fredros Okumu. – Designated Deputy Director Science
The INDEPTH Executive Director congratulates Dr. Masanja and Dr. Okumu on their new roles and wish them success. During the recent INDEPTH Board of Trustees meeting in Accra, the Board Chair Prof. Marcel Tanner also informed members of the Board about the new developments at IHI.
2. Chililab HDSS conducts new research
Chililab HDSS will from April to December 2016 conduct a new study in the Chi Linh district, Hai Duong province in Vietnam.

The study "Health conditions and quality of life of residents in Chi Linh, Hai Duong 2016 and associated factors" is to estimate the mortality rate, the prevalence of symptoms of acute and chronic diseases and diabetes rate among people 30-69 years old in the Chi Linh district.

In addition, the study also seeks to describe the quality of life of the elderly, the current situation of developing certain risk factors of NCDs, including smoking, alcohol abuse; the actual use of health care services and spending on health care services; the actual use of health channels and media; the current situation of animal husbandry and agricultural activities related to the health of the population in Chi Linh district.

The outcome of this study will help to enhance capacity building of the university in the field of medical costs research and social factors related to health status, to orientate communication and education activities related to risk behaviours, create a basis for the design of intervention strategies, set the stage for the deployment of other studies on a large scale, help policy makers to address health problems of residents and households and recommend solutions for health interventions.

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