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Dear Centre Leaders,
In today's newsletter:
  • Council for medical sciences releases new ethical guidelines for health-related research 
  • CAS-TWAS President's PhD Fellowship Programme 
  • Talking to your children about your HIV status helps them cope better
  • Riding a wave in developing countries: challenges and priorities for evidence based practice
1. Council for medical sciences releases new ethical guidelines for health-related research 
Dr Lembit Rägo, Secretary-General of CIOMS.
The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) was established jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1949 as an international, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization and now includes 45 international, national, and associate member organizations, representing many of the biomedical disciplines, national academies of sciences, and medical research councils. CIOMS recently released a new version of its International Ethical Guidelines for Health-Related Research Involving Humans. These guidelines were developed in collaboration with WHO and based on authoritative ethical guidance documents, such as the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki and UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The aim of the guidelines is to provide internationally vetted ethical principles and detailed commentary on how these principles should be applied, with particular attention to conducting research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Read more
2. CAS-TWAS President's PhD Fellowship Programme
According to an agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world will be sponsored to study in China for doctoral degrees for up to 4 years
This CAS-TWAS President's Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.
Under the terms of the CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). TWAS will select 80 awardees from developing countries to support their international travel, while CAS will support the other 120. Visa fee will also be covered (once only per awardee) as a lump sum of USD 65 after all the awardees are on site in China.
General conditions for applicants:
Applicants must:
  • Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2017;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • Not hold Chinese citizenship;
  • Applicants for doctoral study should also:
  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC (criteria of UCAS/criteria of USTC).
  • Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: 1 September, 2017.
  • Provide evidence that he/she will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
  • Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.
Deadline for applications: March 31, 2017.
Call for Belgian academic institutions
Academy for Research and Higher Education (ARES): Call for project proposals 2016

As a non-governmental partner of the Belgian Development Cooperation, the ARES frequently supports partnerships between Belgian higher educational institutions of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation, Belgium and institutions in countries in the global South in order to strengthen the capacity of latter in aspects of training, research, service to the society, and their role as development actors.
Target countries in South: They have 20 target countries namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, RD Congo, Rwanda, Senegal; Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hiati, Indonesia, Peru, Vietnam.
They support development oriented (or innovation) collaborative and multidisciplinary research project or training: i.e. Research Project for Development (RPD), Training Project for the South (TPS).
The deadline of introduction of application forms is January 13, 2017 or February 10, 2017 depending on the training.
For more details check the link
News from Centres
1. Africa Centre HDSS:
Talking to your children about your HIV status helps them cope better
New scientific research from South Africa strengthens international evidence that children whose parents have a life-threatening disease such as HIV can benefit from their parents communicating with them about their illness and possible death. 

South Africa has high rates of HIV and recent estimates from 23 Sub-Saharan African countries show that up to 30% of children live in a household with an HIV-infected parent, most often their mother.  This increases the chances that from early on in their life children might be exposed to parental illness, hospitalisation and death. 
The research, which was conducted at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), was led by Dr Tamsen J. Rochat, a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council. It forms part of a programme of work called the ‘Amagugu Intervention’ which was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. Between 2010 and 2012 Amagugu assisted 281 HIV-positive mothers living in rural KwaZulu-Natal in disclosing their HIV positive status to their HIV-negative children, aged 6-10 years. 
Read more
2. Kintampo HDSS:
Riding a wave in developing countries: challenges and priorities for evidence based practice
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are one of the commonest birth defects. There was paucity of community-based data on occurrence of NTDs in India, especially from rural parts of the country. Against this background, the current study was carried out with main objectives to determine the prevalence of NTDs and its specific types (anencephaly, spina bifida and encephalocele) in a rural community setting over the time period 2001 to 2014. Read more
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