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”.