Capacity building

Researchers in countries that are endemic for NTDs emphasise the importance of capacity building; training of researchers, and improvement and modernisation of facilities in these countries. NTDhub is actively engaged in capacity building in a number of ways:

  • Collaborative projects with in-country partners that contain elements of capacity building. Examples include Dr Simmonds Wellcome Trust Investigator Award that includes a collaboration with the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (Ghana), and one of that team is employed at the University of Surrey as a Research Assistant and part-time PhD student
  • Training of post-graduate researchers (Masters and PhD level). For example, Dr Betsons recently funded ZooTrip project will host short experiential training visits for MSc and PhD students from the Philippines.
  • Facilitating workshops in NTD endemic countries. For example, Dr Horton has delivered Rabies diagnosis technical training for government veterinary laboratory staff in Azerbaijan and Georgia. More recently, Dr Maringer ran a workshop at the University of Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia on “Bioinformatics and Good Laboratory Practice” in January 2018.