CARTA Conference on Public Health.
During JAS 2, fellows are accorded an opportunity to participate at an international conference as part of the Seminar. Therefore CARTA organized on November 27th, the CARTA Public Health Conference with renowned researcher presenting their research findings. The Keynote address was given by Prof. Ademola Ajuwon, of the University of Ibadan who spoke on the role of patent medicine vendors in the delivery of injectable contraceptives in Ibadan, Nigeria. There were oral sessions on communicable and non-communicable diseases - the challenges of health care in South Africa and on developing responsive health systems. A poster presentation session helped to entrench lessons learned during the JAS session on poster design.
CARTA fellows found the Conference very helpful and drew a comparison between research in South Africa and their countries of origin. . “I loved the workshop. I learned a few lessons: How to organize a good conference; The importance of knowing the target before making a presentation; Timing of presentation to fit the allocated time; and The flow of the presentation. I was impressed with the amount of research being done in South Africa and collaboration with various government agencies to translate research to action”, Said John Njenga, a Fellow from the University of Nairobi after the attending the conference.