Science Advice in Africa: Exploring Case Studies for Contextual Capacity Building

Science Advice in Africa: Exploring Case Studies for Contextual Capacity Building 2016-11-10T17:43:55+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter: Dr Reneé Street, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
Presenter: Mr Christian Acemah, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda
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Building on the session on principles and guidelines of science advice, this session will be an interactive round table format led by the 2 speakers, and facilitated by the steering committee of the INGSA African chapter, to discuss case studies for science advice training of relevance to the African continent.
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streetDr Reneé Street
South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
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Dr Street is a project manager at the Environment & Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). She also holds an honorary lectureship at the Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). In 2008, she completed her PhD (Botany) at UKZN. Over the past decade, Dr Streets research has focused on various aspects of safety, quality and efficacy of African medicinal plants and traditional medicine products. More recently, she has been working on issues relating to the regulation of traditional health practitioners. Dr Street has a keen interest in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) with particular emphasis on public health issues and policy development. Her interdisciplinary work on African traditional medicine has local, regional and international relevance. Globally, policy-makers, healthcare providers and the public are tackling issues relating to the regulation of traditional and complementary medicine. Dr Streets inter-disciplinary approach to IKS related problems are a testament to her keen interest in finding resolutions through networking and collaboration. She has recently been awarded funding from a collaborative research programme to build a knowledge-based traditional medicine framework supporting the South African traditional healthcare system.
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acemahMr Christian Acemah
Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda
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Christian Acemah is Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), where he is the chief executive officer of the UNAS secretariat. Prior to joining UNAS in November 2015, Christian was Director for Strategy and Program Development for the African Science Academy Development Initiative of the U.S. National Academies within the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) based in Washington, DC. Between 2010 – 2016, he was also Visiting Professor of African Studies at Quest University, Canada, where he taught a range of courses on African development, politics, feminism, and the arts. Christian has served as Executive Officer, Policy and Research at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) within the GAVI Alliance Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he was a junior advisor to the CEO of GAVI. Prior to that, he worked in the Sudan-Uganda program of the Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service on livelihoods projects and HIV/AIDS advocacy, monitoring, and evaluation. He has also been a development economics researcher for Dr. Callisto Madavo, former Vice President of the World Bank and development anthropology researcher for Prof. Gwendolyn Mikell at Georgetown University. He received his first degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and his graduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
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