African scientists receive $70 million from British
The scientists will receive more than $70 million to establish cutting-edge research and training programs at schools across Africa.
“We are proud to be part of this consortium to strengthen capacity building in Africa,” Professor Ricardo Araya, joint director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London school, said. “We have a long track record working with these institutions in other research projects. We consider this award a major recognition of the importance of global mental health globally and in particular in Africa where it has been so badly neglected for far too long. We thank the Wellcome Trust for taking the lead on this important field.”
The program currently includes universities in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Mali, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The partnerships and international research centers extend to French-speaking as well as English-speaking countries.
"It is great that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a partner in four of the successful DELTAS consortia, as well as a collaborator on a fifth, continuing the important and excellent work begun with key partner institutions and through our contributions to four of the previous Wellcome Trust funded African Institutions Capacity Strengthening Consortia,” Professor Hazel Dockrell, special adviser on Partnerships in Africa at the school, said.