AfOx Travel Grant

AfOx Travel Grants are provided by The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) and support the establishment of new academic or research collaborations between researchers in African countries and their collaborators at The University of Oxford.

AfOx is a cross university platform which facilitates equitable and sustainable partnerships between The University of Oxford and African institutions and ensures that Africa remains a strategic priority for the University.

The Travel Grant can be used to cover costs of travel (in either direction i.e. University of Oxford, UK to an institution in Africa or vice versa), accommodation and incidental expenses to a maximum of £5000 (it is anticipated that visits in general will be for periods between 1-8 weeks). Applications are made jointly between an academic or researcher based in an institution in Africa and a member of staff at The University of Oxford. The travel award may cover more than two people and additional individuals should be named under ‘Purpose of the Grant. The overarching aim of the scheme is to foster the development of new collaborations and the scheme is not intended to be used as alternative support for already established collaborations.

Administration of the award will be the responsibility of the home department of the Oxford applicant. The application will be reviewed and applicants will receive feedback within 7 days. Applicants will be required to submit a brief report within one year of the award to give details of outputs (such as new projects and funding applications) arising from the collaborative visit. Applicants are encouraged to share photos/media from their activities with AfOx and to tag us (Twitter, Instagram: @Africa_Oxford. Facebook: Africa Oxford Initiative) in any related social media posts. Please email us in regards to any queries you have.

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AfOx Travel Grant Recipients

  Louis-Marie Yindom, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford; and Judith Torimiro, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde.
Project: Study of the immunogenetic correlates of disease progression in children with vertically-acquired HIV infection in Central Africa

Dr Arjune Sen and Dr Sloan Mahone, Nuffield Dept of Clinical Neurosciences/Oxford Epilepsy Research Group and Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford University; and Mr Taurai Kadzviti, Epilepsy Support Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe
Project: An investigation of the psychosocial impact of epilepsy on marriage and other long-term relationships in African populations (pilot project)

Dr Richard Idro, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences; and Dr Dorcas M. Kamuya, The Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
Project: Supporting initial activities around a piece of work on  community engagement for a study on nodding syndrome.

Prof Robert Mash, Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University; and Dr. Dorcas M. Kamuya, The Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
Project: Strengthening primary health care in sub Saharan Africa by training the clinical trainers George Warimwe, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya; and Craig Thompson, Department of Zoology/the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford
Project: Investigating the antigenic evolution of influenza.

Theresa Manful-Gwira,  Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana; and Jack Sunter, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
Project: Understanding the mode of action of anti-trypanosome veterinary drugs

Mary T Murphy, Refugee Programme Coordinator GOAL Ethiopia; and Peter Horby, NDM – Epidemic Diseases Research Group, University of Oxford
Project: ‘Rapid clinical characterisation of outbreak syndromes in a displaced population in East Africa,developing a collaboration with GOAL Ethiopia

Prof Souleymane Mboup, Head of Laboratory of Bacteriology-Virology (Lbv) of the Aristide Le Dantec hospital in Dakar; and Prof Peter Horby, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
Project: Discussions about an EDCTP grant application entitled: African coalition for Epidemic Response and Training (ALERT)

Dr Mohammed Abdullahi Talle, Cardiology Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; and Prof Vanessa Ferreira, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Project: To establish face-to-face contact with potential supervisors, visit facilities and discuss proposals, before embarking on a formal Commonwealth Scholarship application supported by both the University of Maiduguri and the University of Oxford.

Sam Akech, KEMRI Wellcome Trust; and John Prince, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
Project: Automating vital sign measurement for Paediatric Triage in Kenyan Public Hospitals using Pulse Oximetry.

Glory Ogunfowokun, Department of Family Medicine, National Hospital, Abuja; and Francois van Loggerenberg, The Global Health Network, University of Oxford
Project: Planning for future The Global Health Network activities in West Africa

Joseph Waichungo, Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTP) , Kilifi, Kenya; and Olga Tosas Auguet Nuffield Department of Medicine; Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health Project: Developing a new approach for the large-scale surveillance of bacterial antibiotic resistance (BAR) in low-income settings.

Caroline Jones & Jacinta Nzinga Kemri, Centre for Geographic Medical Research; and Lisa Hinton & Professor Sue Ziebland, Health Experiences Research Group, Nuffield Department Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Project: How can narrative-based knowledge about what matters to patients be used in the Kenya setting to improve care?

Dr Deborah Sumari, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania; and Dr Georgina Humphreys, WWARN, Centre Trop. Med. & Global Health, NDM
Project: Mapping molecular markers of antimalarial drug resistance in Tanzania

Kathleen Kahn, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), Wits School of Public Health University of Witwatersrand; and Jessica Price, Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Project: Critical delays in healthcare seeking behaviour contributing to under-5 deaths in rural South Africa

Maritz Laubscher, Department of Orthopaedics University of Cape Town; and James Masters, Oxford Trauma, NDORMS, JR Hospital
Project: Testing the feasibility of running the World Hip Trauma Evaluation cohort in Cape Town

Dr Rowan Duys, Univesrsity of Cape Town; and Tinashe Chandauka, Nuffield Department of Surgery University of Oxford
Project: Human Factors Intervention to Reduce Perioperative Mortality and Morbidity in South African Hospitals

Dr George Githinji, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kenya; and Prof Christophe Fraser Nuffield Department of Medicine University of Oxford
Project: Exploring the within and between host evolution and transmission dynamics of RSV virus using sequence data

Prof Sharon Brownie, Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa; and Prof Mike English CTM&GH, NDM University of Oxford
Project: Task-shifting, task-sharing and technology and the future role of the nursing profession

Akin Iwilade, Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and Sa’eed Husaini, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Project: Collaborative social sciences research workshop entitled ‘New Research in Nigeria Day’ in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Prof Kamija Phiri, School of Public Health College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi; and Dr Eric Ohuma, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Project: Enhance capacity building of African researchers in Biostatistics through teaching and forging collaboration with the College of Medicine for potential projects in the area of Maternal and Child health.

Prof James A. Berkley, University of Oxford; and Dr Abena Asantewa Takyi, Ghana
Project: Visit to KEMRI Wellcome Trust Unit to gain unique insight into the functioning of a world class research institute situated in a lower-middle income country

Andre-Pascal Kengne, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Mark Woodward, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford
Project: develop the structure of proposed African Renal Collaboration.

Dr Lanthé Kruger, Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, Faculty of Health Science North-West University; and Prof Sarah Harper, Institute of Population Ageing University of Oxford
Project: Establish collaboration between the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University and the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Melissa Kapulu, Kenya Medical Research Institute – Wellcome Trust Research Programme; and WRJ (Bob) Taylor, Centre for Global Health & Tropical Medicine MORU, University of Oxford
Project: develop academic and research ties between the two applicants

Prof Xolani Mangcu, University of Cape Town; and Colin Bundy, African Studies Centre University of Oxford
Project: Workshop titled “Reassessing Mandela”

Prof Ushehwedu Kufakurinani, Department of Economic History, University of Zimbabwe; and Prof Jocelyn Alexander, Department of International Development (ODID), University of Oxford
Project: The Writing Zimbabwe Workshop.

Ann Njoki Kingiri, African Centre for Technology Studies; and Xiaolan Fu, Technology & Management for Development Centre University of Oxford
Project: Exploratory short study to develop a framework to build the capacity of policy makers in inclusive innovation policy

Prof Jack Moodley, Department of Medicine University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; and Dr Manu Vatish, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Oxford
Project: Develop new collaborations around micro-vesicles and exosomes which are released by the human placenta into the maternal circulation.

Michelo Simuyandi, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia; and Prof Calman MacLennan, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Project: Strengthening Enteric Vaccine Research and Development in Zambia

Andeline dos Santos, Department of Music Therapy, University of Pretoria; and Kirsten Rowe, Department of Psychiatry University of Oxford
Project: Preparatory visit ahead of a randomised controlled pilot trial of group drumming intervention to train executive function in HIV-positive adolescents in rural South Africa

Mr Dean Lutrin, Wits University; and Prof Alison Simmons, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Project: Establishment of cohorts to facilitate collaboration between the MRC Human Immunology Unit, Oxford and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Dr Ilesh Jani, Instituto Nacional de Saúde, Maputo; and Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Project: ArboSPREAD – a network for surveillance or arbovirus spread and persistence of vector-borne viruses across corridors of ecological suitability

Joyce Jepngetich Kimutai, Kenya Meteorological Department; and Peter Walton, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Project: Raising risk awareness in Eastern Africa

AfOx Interviews Dr Deborah Sumari

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