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Dear Centre Leaders,
We hope you have had a good week.
We have the following items for your attention:
  • OPTIMUNISE stakeholders conference opens in Accra
  • Prof Binka gets WHO appointment
  • Funding opportunities
  • Patterns of mortality in the elderly in Chi Linh, Hai Duong - 2004–2012
  • Ifakara Health Institute develops new tech for battle against malaria
  • Study with icddr,b validates new tool for diagnosing dehydration in children
    Short courses at IHI
1.  OPTIMUNISE stakeholders conference opens in Accra
Group photograph of participants.
A two-day OPTIMUNISE Project stakeholders conference started in Accra, Ghana, today with the INDEPH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh thanking funders, partners and participating INDEPTH centres for what they had achieved in the study that has lasted five years.

OPTIMUNISE stands for “Optimising the impact and cost-effectiveness of existing child health intervention programmes for vaccines and micronutrients in low-income countries”. 

The event saw speakers and experts presenting and discussing the results of the work on the evaluation of health interventions done by the EU Consortium OPTIMUNISE.  Read more.
2.    Prof. Binka gets WHO appointment
The first Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network, Prof Fred Binka, has been appointed as the Coordinator of WHO's Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance (ERAR) hub in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 “In view of new evidence on how artemisinin resistance appears and spreads, as well as the emergence of multi-drug resistance, WHO has called for the elimination of malaria in the GMS. Dr Binka will bring new leadership to support countries in this critical and accelerated effort” said a letter signed by Pedro L. Alonso, MD, Director, Global Malaria Programme to welcome Prof Binka to the WHO. The WHO has led efforts in recent years to contain the spread of artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Read more
3.  Funding opportunities
Please find below fellowships and postgraduate courses for your consideration:
•    TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training 2016
 The fellowships are offered to young scientists holding at least an MSc or equivalent degree ... For details:
Application Deadline: 1 October 2016.
•    TWAS-ICIPE Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya (duration up to 3 years).
For details:
Application Deadline: 15 September 2016.
•    Gates Cambridge Scholarship - Non- US Scholars-Life Sciences
Gates Cambridge considers applications from citizens from outside the United Kingdom who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. 
Deadline: 7th December 2016
For details:
NB: Applications currently closed. Applications will open on 5 September 2016 for entry in October 2017
News from our member centres
1.    Patterns of mortality in the elderly in Chi Linh, Hai Duong -  2004 – 2012
“Patterns of Mortality in the Elderly in Chi Linh, Hai Duong, Vietnam, Period 2004–2012” is a new paper from Chililab HDSS which has been published in AIMS Press.

This paper examines the trends of mortality in the elderly people in Chi Linh during the period 2004–2012 and identifies a number of factors related to mortality in the elderly. The research results suggest some recommendations: Strengthening health care programmes for elderly people with low education levels, poor economic conditions, and celibacy groups (the vulnerable groups).
The Chililab HDSS is an INDEPTH member centre in Vietnam. 
Read more
2.    Ifakara Health Institute develops new tech for battle against malaria
Scientists at the INDEPTH member centre in Tanzania, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), and partner institutions have developed insecticide- laden Eave Tubes known as ‘Tungulizibomba’ that attract and kill mosquitoes.

The local innovation is based on a simple behavior of female Anopheles mosquito that transmits malaria. Anopheles mosquitoes chase human odour, then land on people and bite them. If the insect has malaria parasites already, the parasites are transmitted to the person who is bitten.

This has been published by Tanzania's largest selling newspaper, Daily News. Read more:
3.  Study with icddr,b validates new tool for diagnosing dehydration in children
A simple new method for assessing dehydration from diarrhoea has proven accurate and reliable, in a study conducted by researchers from Brown University with icddr,b.
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is an INDEPTH member centre in Bangladesh. Read more
4.  Short courses at IHI
The Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has announced a series of short course trainings between 20th September to 27th October, 2016 at its training centre at Kingani in Bagamoyo. The general objective of the training is to empower young and early career researchers on the area of writing for publishing scientific papers, literature management, systematic review and also exposing learners to social determinants of health.

For more details on timing and course and course description visit our website on this link

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