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3 MSc Fellowships in Infectious Diseases of Poverty School of Public Health, University of Ghana For ECOWAS students resident in Africapdf print preview print preview

The program

In sub-Saharan Africa, poverty is a major factor affecting exposure to infectious diseases, access to treatment and, ultimately, health outcomes. Despite scientific and technological developments, infectious diseases of poverty (IDPs) persist. A significant reason for this is the lack of research capacity, in particular, interdisciplinary capacity that can integrate knowledge and facilitate the identification and translation of technical solutions into interventions that are embedded within populations and health systems.

The Institute for Infectious Diseases of Poverty/ Institut de Recherche sur les Maladies de la Pauvreté (IIDP/IRMP) is a consortium of Anglophone and Francophone multidisciplinary West African Institutions: University of Ghana (Ghana), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), l’Université de Bamako (Mali), Federal University of Technology, Yola (Nigeria) and l’Institut Universitaire d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Funded by the Wellcome Trust, it has the mission to develop the intellectual, regulatory and physical infrastructure required for the production of the high quality interdisciplinary science necessary to address the problems of IDPs. A core goal of IIDP/IRMP is to produce interdisciplinary research in infectious diseases of poverty that supports regional disease control programmes.

IIDP/IRMP has a strong core of interdisciplinary researchers in biological, clinical and socio-cultural aspects of infectious diseases of poverty. Disciplinary areas include: (i) Applied social sciences (medical anthropology, health geography, health economics and social epidemiology); (ii) Clinical and biological aspects of infectious diseases (parasitology, pathogenesis, molecular and cellular biology, vector biology and control); (iii) Pharmacology, including the development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics; and (iv) Public health, epidemiology, parasitology and implementation research in tropical disease control.

Three MSc studentships are available for candidates in the above research areas in the University of Ghana, School of Public Health. The MSc students will benefit with the amount of two thousand one hundred twelve Pounds Sterling (2,112) for the whole program, to support the cost of the program and the dissertation in the University of Ghana.


Successful candidates are expected to ensure they meet the following minimum conditions:
• Being ECOWAS students resident in Africa.
• Being admitted for a master program at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana for the academic year 2012-2013.
• Having excellent academic results in December 2012 (end of first semester).
• Have a dissertation topic in infectious diseases of Poverty.
• Motivation to use acquired skills during the MSc in sub Saharan Africa in general
• Motivation to complete the study within a period of one year.

How to apply
Interested candidates should complete online the application form that includes a letter of interest, the CV, the dissertation topic and the December 2012 academic results of the MSc program started. The application form can be found at www.riidp.org.

In case of internet connectivity problems, you can also contact bescribano@riidp and rynaop@yahoo.co.uk to ask for a word version. Please, do not forget to attach as well the letter of interest, the CV, the dissertation topic and the December 2012 academic results.

Closing date: 15th of February 2013.

All candidates must ensure that they have read and understood the application procedure and requirements, in order to meet IIDP/IRMP deadlines.

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted and required to attend a mandatory selection interview.

Date Published: 07/02/2013
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