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Dear Centre Leaders,
We hope you have had a good week.
We have the following items for your attention:
  • INDEPTH confirms Scientific Writing Workshop at AGM
  • UN meeting tackles the 'fundamental threat' of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
  • Promoting governance and equity within health system using mobile phone
  • Moving pictures: Highlights 2016 open for submissions
  • Calls for Awards nominations, Fellowships, Training and Abstracts
1. INDEPTH confirms Scientific Writing Workshop at AGM
Participants of a similar workshop in 2015 during the ISC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with facilitators.
The INDEPTH Secretariat has confirmed that there will be a Scientific Writing Workshop for INDEPTH scientists during the AGM 2016 in Kampala, Uganda, in November. One of INDEPTH’s long standing commitments is the training and strengthening of research capacities of the next generation of scientists from member centres in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in order to increase scientific productivity of members and the Network in general. 

In keeping with this commitment, INDEPTH regularly organises (where possible annually) a scientific writing workshop for carefully selected young scientists from various member HDSS. The 2016 INDEPTH Annual General Meeting (AGM 2016) will be held from 16-18 November 2016 in Kampala. This pre-AGM workshop is planned for INDEPTH young researchers who are actively working on draft manuscripts, seeking assistance from a professional journal editor, and interested in a working session. The maximum number of participants this year is 8. Read more...
2.  UN meeting tackles the 'fundamental threat' of antibiotic-resistant superbugs
All 193 UN member states have agreed to combat the proliferation of drug-resistant infections, estimated to kill more than 700,000 people each year. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said antimicrobial resistance is a “fundamental threat” to global health and safety at the first general assembly meeting on drug-resistant bacteria.

It is only the fourth time the general assembly has held a high-level meeting for a health issue.

Just before world leaders convened for the meeting, all 193 member states agreed in a declaration signed on Wednesday to combat the proliferation of antibiotic resistance.

Read more here:  and 3 Key Steps After the UN Political Declaration on AMR  
3.  Promoting governance and equity within health system using mobile phone
Delegates of the Nouna international scientific conference in a group picture at the Nouna Health Research Centre premises last year.
Use of mobile phones at a community level is a powerful tool to increase their equitable access to health care information and participation to local health care governance. Mobile phone has been described as offering a remarkable potential to deliver primary health care. It is widely used in Low-and Middle-Income Countries to support health care delivery.  Read more
4. Moving pictures: Highlights 2016 open for submissions
The Lancet and Lancent Global Health are looking for arresting images, either clinical or more broadly human, that capture a moment in health. The focus can be local or global, they want you to send photographs that surprise and tell a story about health today. They are interested in photographs that capture any health issue in a thought-provoking way.  
See details here:
5. Final call for ASLM2016 awards nominations! 
Submission deadline is next Monday, 26 September 2016.

The African Society for Laboratory Medicine ASLM2016 conference is committed to celebrating individuals and laboratories who are doing great work to strengthen laboratory medicine in Africa at our biennial ASLM Awards Ceremony.

As part of the ASLM community you are invited to nominate worthy recipients in the following award category areas:

1. Best Laboratory Champion Clinician Award
2. Best Practice in Laboratory Medicine Award
3. Certificate of Recognition for Laboratory Accreditation
4. Lifetime Achievement Award

Awards will be presented onsite on Thursday, 8 December 2016, at the ASLM2016 international conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

See details here:
6. Visiting Fellowships
THRiVE-2 PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRiVE-2)  is inviting applications for its PhD and post-doctoral fellowships.

The fellowships seek to train and mentor the most promising young scientists from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to become independent, internationally-recognised research leaders and allow for sandwich attachments to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge in the UK. 

Please click to download for more application details.
7. Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME)
The DELGEME programme is launching new calls for MSc, PhD, Post Docs to start in 2016. 

 The DELGEME is a new training programme sponsored by the Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Africa (DELTAS Africa) initiative in partnership with the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). 
See details here:

8. Call for Abstracts
Dates: 7-9 March, 2017 
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya 
Theme: Towards a Healthier Africa: People, Systems and Innovations

The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) brings together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector, advocates for health and civil society to reflect on evidence-based solutions to achieving a healthier African continent. Participants will share scientific research findings and best practices addressing health and health systems in Africa. The conference will also serve as a forum for identifying and discussing gaps and challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. 

Click here for more details
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