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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

Malaria research in capacity development

Malaria Capacity Development Consortium.

LSHTM investigators:
Brian Greenwood, David Schellenberg
External collaborators:
Centre for Medical Parasitology, University of Copenhagen, DBL - Centre for Health Research and Development, Faculty of Life Sciences, Copenhagen University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), College of Medicine, University of Malawi (CoM), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Moshi (KCMC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, Faculty of Medicine, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (University of Dakar), Senegal, Malawi - Liverpool - Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, College of Medicine, University of Malawi.
Funding body:
Wellcome Trust & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Malaria Capacity Development Consortium (MCDC) is supporting able and motivated African scientists to undertake high-quality malaria research that will enhance the research capacity of their home institutions.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the programme undertakes capacity development in African universities that will not only lead to improvements in the malaria control measures available in Africa, but also stimulate research into the development of new ways to control the diseas.

To fulfil our aims of improving malaria research capacity in Africa, we have focused efforts in five key areas:

  • A  PhD programme for African scientists registered at one of five African Universities, undertaking research within Africa.
  • Institutional support to our five African partner institutions to help them better support the training of malaria researchers, and of researchers more widely.
  • Support to postdoctoral fellows trained under the Gates Malaria Partnership (GMP) through our MCDC Investigator programme.
  • A Personal Development Planning (PDP) programme to support all MCDC students and any MCDC investigators wishing to be a part of the scheme
  • A Mentorship programme to provide continued research career development support for MCDC investigators.

For more information visit the MCDC website.