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Post-doctoral Programme

GMP students, Daniel Wachira, Ruby Martin-Peprah and Isabella OcholaGMP strengthened capacity at a more senior level within selected African institutions by awarding GMP post-doctoral fellowships to scientists who were already establishing themselves in research.

6 African scientists were selected after an open competition. GMP provided them with support to carry out major research programmes and a salary commensurate with their skills and experience.  All 6 have contributed substantially to the enhancement of research capacity within their own institutions. They have demonstrated the benefits that can accrue from supporting scientists at this important stage in their careers, when they are establishing their scientific reputations but need to be retained in their home countries.

The achievements of the GMP postdoctoral programme include: 

    • Establishing a new malaria research facility at the Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC), Ghana, that is now the focus for important drug and vaccine trials (Dr S. Owusu- Agyei, KHRC Director)

 

  • Establishing a malaria research group at the University of Yaounde, co-ordinating antimalarial drug trials and leading the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) secretariat (Dr W. Mbacham, Biotechnology Centre, University of Yaounde, Cameroon)

  • Presenting the opportunity for a clinician with clinical trials experience to become a principal investigator for both vaccine and drug trials (Dr K. Bojang, MRC, The Gambia)

  • Utilising the experience gained in a wide range of health research issues to be applied to a challenging project on the impact on malaria mortality and morbidity of BCG vaccination (Dr A. Rodrigues, Bandim Health Project, Guinea Bissau).

  • Conducting both effectiveness and efficacy drug trials in a situation of very high drug resistance (Dr T. Mutabingwa, Muheza, Tanzania)

  • Enhancing research capacity in social and economic aspects of malaria, and catalysing research findings into practice (Dr O. Onwujekwe, College of Medicine, Enugu, Nigeria)