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Geneva Health Forum

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Event start Monday, 23 March 2020 at 18:00

Event end Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 17:00

The forum of innovative practices in global health will take place on 23-26 March 2020 with an overall goal of contributing to improving health and care access in the world.

The LSHTM-led Dagu project will be co-hosting a session, together with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on embedding capacity development within global health research.

The session will include speed talks and short videos followed by a round table discussion. The session will focus on two case studies of embedding PhDs for African researchers at African universities within global health research and development programs.

The first case study is about improving utilisation of community-based child health services in Ethiopia, with ten linked PhDs in four regional Ethiopian universities. This five-year project – named ‘Dagu’ – is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The second case study is about control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the Central African Region (Cameroun, Chad, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea), with 19 linked PhDs registered at universities in the project countries. Complementary investments strengthen NTD control in the region. This four-year project is lead by OCEAC (l’Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale) and funded by the German Ministry for Cooperation through the Development bank KfW.

An outcome of the session will be a statement on what’s needed to ensure capacity development is embedded into all externally-funded research in low-and-middle income countries



  • Abrha Medhanyie Araya Mekelle University
  • Rutte Claudia, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Berhanu Della, LSHTM (based at Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa)
  • Persson Lars-Ake, LSHTM (based at Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa)
  • Basinga Paulin, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Okwaraji Yemisrach, LSHTM (based at Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa)
  • Adegnika Ayola Akim , CERMEL / Tübingen university
  • Amuasi John, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and Executive Director African Research Network for NTDs