October 5 and 6 this year saw SANTHE enjoying its second, highly successful, Annual Consortium Meeting at the Grand Palm Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana.
Over 100 guests from collaborating sites worldwide attended the two-day meeting to participate in a scientific and social programme which included project updates, student oral and poster presentations, interactive sessions, keynote speakers delivering both scientific and motivational talks, and an unforgettable networking opportunity in the form of a gala dinner.
The meeting was also preceded by a two-day grant writing workshop for all SANTHE trainees run by Dr Zaza Ndlovu, SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, RSA, and Dr Sylvie Le Gall, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, USA.
It was clear from the outset of the meeting that the SANTHE programme has, since last year, gained momentum and made remarkable progress in terms of its specific aims:
- to establish a programme of research on HIV and TB towards prevention, treatment and cure that includes basic, clinical and translational research;
- to offer a training and capacity building programme across 12 partner sites located in five African nations;
- to build a strong institutional network for research excellence as a pathway to intellectual and financial independence for African researchers and their institutions through pilot grants, infrastructure support and administrative support; and
- to enhance community engagement to ensure meaningful and translational research and public health impact.
Next year’s meeting is scheduled to take place in September in Kigali, Rwanda.