Dr. Oumou Maiga-Ascofare is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the KCCR on The Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME) Programme. DELGEME is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science Africa Initiative (DELTAS Africa) initiative in partnership with the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). Participating institutions include University of Science Techniques and Technologies of Bamako Mali (USTTB), Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit The Gambia, The United States Army Medical Research Directorate (USAMRD-K)/KEMRI Kenya, The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana, The National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Tanzania, Benhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) Germany/Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) Ghana, Oxford University – Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute UK.
It is led from USTTB with MRC and USAMRD-K/KEMRI as the training hubs. In collaboration with MalariaGEN and the Plasmodium Diversity Network Africa (PDNA), DELGEME aims to enrich the pool of African Scientists working in African institutions with relevant expertise particularly for the exploitation of genetics and genomics data for malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa.
Over five years (2016 to 2020), DELGEME will be providing short-term and degree training (MSc, PhD, Post-doctoral) to at least 85 young African scientists; and five aspiring leadership fellowship are also offered for PDNA senior members. Fellowships are hosted at an African institution with a curriculum in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biostatistics or data science. DELGEME fellows are expected to develop a research proposal directed at elucidating critical gaps in malaria genetics and molecular epidemiological data exploration that can aid malaria elimination. Dedicated computational facilities are made available for fellows at The USTTB, the MRC, and USAMRD/KEMRI for DELGEME fellows and PDNA institutions.