Makerere University will host the African Institutions Initiative Annual Directors’ Meeting this year on dates yet to be decided. The African Institutions Initiative is funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK.
The Initiative is providing a platform for creating a mass of talented local researchers and developing infrastructure to support them do their work. The £30 million Initiative is funding seven African-led international consortia - involving over 50 scientific institutions from 18 African countries - to strengthen research capacity and develop scientific leadership for the region.
The four-day Annual Directors’ Meeting that brings together 50-70 people will also be attended by Vice Chancellors of participating institutions and a few from other Wellcome Trust-funded institutions.
One of the projects funded under this Initiative is THRiVE; Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa.
THRIVE is a consortium of seven African institutions (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya), with Makerere University Uganda, leading; three institutes and two UK partnering institutions. Professor Nelson Sewankambo, the Principal Makerere University College of Health Sciences is the Director.
THRiVE recruits talented individuals, who are supported and mentored at Master's, PhD and postdoctoral levels. THRiVE also contributes to infrastructural development, such as improving information technology access - a critical part of capacity-building efforts as it gives staff and students access to electronic libraries, databases, video conferences, online discussions and research proposals.
Other consortia funded under the African Institutions initiative include Strengthening Research Capacity in Environmental Health (SNOWS); One Medicine Africa-UK Research Capacity Development Partnership Programme for Infectious Diseases in Southern Africa (SACIDS); One Health Initiative - African Research Consortium for Ecosystem and Population Health; Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA); Research Institute for Infectious Diseases of Poverty (IIDP); Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence (SACORE)ShareThis