New funding to tackle urgent African health challenges

Research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been given a further £21 million through the DELTAS Africa initiative. It will support world-class health research and help train the next generation of African scientists.

Doctor examining a young boy's eyes at a community ophthalmology centre
Doctor examining a young boy's eyes at a community ophthalmology centre.
Credit: Wellcome Trust

Four new research programmes will focus on the most urgent health challenges in the region, from infectious diseases to child health and wiping out malaria. All four will have a focus on career development by supporting women in science, creating opportunities for postgraduate study and providing mentorship.

The DELTAS Africa initiative was set up to address the ‘brain drain’ of the continent’s best scientists by promoting Africa-led development of research leaders. The new funding from the Wellcome Trust brings the total number of teams supported through DELTAS Africa to 11, a total investment of £60 million.

The five-year scheme is a partnership between Wellcome, the African Academy of Sciences’ Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) and the UK Department for International Development.

AESA Director Dr Tom Kariuki called DELTAS “a massive vote of confidence in Africa’s improving R&D capabilities as captured in the mantra of an Africa Rising”.

Read more about the new programmes