The competitive application process for these Post-Doctoral Fellowships to young African researchers seeking funding for research and development projects in the area of NTDs culminated in final selection during an International Conference in February 2010.
The conference, 'Neglected Tropical Diseases: Hidden successes, emerging opportunities', took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. With keynote speakers from international organizations and leading research institutions, training workshops and presentations from the first round Fellows, the conference offered a unique opportunity for junior and experienced researchers from North and South to exchange ideas and information. Applicants for the Fellowships presented their proposals during the plenary sessions and were then interviewed by an international scientific committee.
The Foundation representatives agreed to award a total amount of 851,000 Euros to the following projects and African researchers:
Scaling up early detection and treatment to reduce buruli ulcer morbidity in the Asante Akim North District of Ghana
Ecology of transmission of the deadly Lassa Virus from rodents to man across various flashpoints within Nigeria
Female genital schistosomiasis and HIV-1 Infection in Lower Moshi, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Elia John Mmbaga
Development of genetic markers for early detection and monitoring of Ivermectin resistance in Onchocerca volvulus and its implication for onchocerciasis control
Comparative study of Rotavirus infection between HIV positive and negative children less than 5 years with acute and severe diarrhea
Nilsa de Deus
Implementation of Community Directed Intervention (CDI) for Schistosomes and Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH) in an urban setting: Western Kenya
Vector competence and filariasis transmission in Malawi
According to the fellows, this initiative "is a beautiful initiative which will have a really significant impact on combating NTDs – with young brilliant African scientists in the frontlines".