News in Brief - June 2018

Partner visit to Edinburgh

Professor Gordon Awandare, Principal Investigator, TIBA Ghana paid a 2-day working visit to the University of Edinburgh, 14-15 June 2018. He met with the Directorate (Professors Woolhouse and Mutapi) and Secretariat, attended the Wellcome Trust Host Pathogen Global Health PhD students’ annual retreat in Dunkeld, and spoke on ‘A new initiative for biomedical research and training in West Africa’ at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology where he was hosted by Professor Robin Allshire. He also had collaborative discussions with academics from the Centre.

Professor Awandare interacting with colleagues at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, Uni of Edinburgh.


Co-Deputy Director Professor Moses Chimbari attended the WASCAL Symposium in Accra Ghana (19-20 June). His recommendation to include health dimension in WASCAL and SASSCAL received endorsement by Professor Traor.

Prof Chimbari meets Dr Jean Marie, Executive Manager - WATERNET at the WASCAL Symposium in Accra Ghana.

UKCDR Launch: The UK Collaborative on Development Research was relaunched on 25 June 2018. TIBA co-Deputy Director, Professor Francisca Mutapi attended the launch and was delighted to hear about the progressive strategy and plans for ODA research and how our work aligns with UKCDR’s vision.

Community engagements

Tanzania: Our partners in Tanzania visited one of their site for Training of Community Drug Distributors at Kilindoni Primary School in Mafia Districts, Pwani Region. There was also training of Health Workers and Community Drug Distributors from Kinyope and Nyengedi Villages in Lindi DC for TIBA projects.

TIBA Tanzania team at Kilindoni Primary School in Mafia Districts, Pwani Region.

Appointments and Awards

Our co-Deputy Directors Professor Moses Chimbari and Professor Francisca Mutapi were nominated as Fellows of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences. Congratulations to you both for your contributions to science on the African continent!

Our Deputy Directors also had the privilege to meet with health colleagues at the Department for International Development (DFID Zimbabwe) to explain TIBA’s work in Zimbabwe and to find out DFID’s health research and work in Zimbabwe. We look forward to advancing such discussion and exploring ways to work together with DFID Zimbabwe.

Professors Moses Chimbari and Francisca Mutapi, new Fellows of ZAS.

At the 10th anniversary celebrations of IDEAL (Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders), TIBA postgraduate fellow Kennedy Mwai won a £3500 travel award for emerging as one of the top 3 poster presenters. There was a fantastic display of 66 posters from PhD, Masters, & Postgraduate Diploma Fellows. Congratulations Kennedy! At the meeting participants discussed ways to strengthen research and development in universities.

Kennedy (R) receiving his prize from the organisers.