15 October 2019
As announced, Grand-Bassam hosted the 4th annual management board meeting of Afrique One-ASPIRE from the 25th to 27th of September.
This meeting was an opportunity for the coordination team to present its annual activity report. Fellows did the same through scientific poster and oral presentations showcasing their progress. The work was assessed by the scientific advisory board and judged per TTP. For each TTP, a postdoctoral fellow also presented the progress made by their teams and focused on the challenges ahead. Especially in terms of policy and community engagement, all TTPs did exceptionally well. This is particularly the case for the TTP focusing on research conducive to canine rabies elimination. Collaborations with politicians and communities led to a major mass-dog rabies vaccination campaign in Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire and the signing of a protocol with the WHO. Additionally, the remarkable work of the TTP of mycobacterial research in Ghana was recognized. The best oral presentations and posters were honoured with an award.
The Director of the consortium and the fellows also gave interviews to the Ivorian media present on site to convey the work of the consortium to the public.
It should be noted, that the annual meeting ended with a meeting of the consortium’s management team in the presence of DELTAS Africa’s Director, Mr. Alphonce Neba. The purpose of this meeting was to reflect and make proposals for the management and administration of research in Afrique One-ASPIRE for the next year.