Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa

About Deltas


DELTAS Africa funds programmes that address four strategic areas:


  • Scientific quality: To produce world-class scientific research that addresses African health and research priorities through scientific discourse and collaborative supervision, DELTAS Africa promotes collaborations with well-resourced universities, research institutions and think-tanks to strengthen capacity.

  • Research training: To strengthen scientific research training and build career pathways for scientific researchers DELTAS Africa focuses on the tertiary and postgraduate training of science students and professionals along a defined career pathway. Training offered by DELTAS Africa programmes is designed to provide individuals at all career stages with the academic support and research facilities they need to develop into world-class researchers.

  • Scientific citizenship: Foster mentorship, leadership and equitable collaboration in science, and engagement with public and policy stakeholders.

  • Research management and environment: To cultivate professional environments to manage and support scientific research

The Deltas team of Programme Directors




African Mental Health research Initiative (AMARI)

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    The overall goals of the African Mental Health research Initiative (AMARI) are to build an African-led network of MNS researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries, and to establish a sustainable career pipeline for these researched with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.


    Some of its objectives are:

    Select and train MNS research fellows from a range of disciplines at masters (n=25), PhD (n=20) and post - doctoral (n=6) levels in research excellence.
    Build leadership skills of 26 fellows through adaptation of KCL Career Development Series on Leadership, Management and Mentoring.
    Design and test an advocacy and systems change strategy for each country, aimed at building sustainable career pathways in MNS academia.
    Develop a web based support platform for training, supervision and networking.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Kassahun Habtamu Ethiopia Female Post Doc
    Primrose Nyamayaro Zimbambwe Female PhD
    Michael Udedi Malawi Male PhD
    Mekdes Demissie Ethiopia Female PhD
    Malinda Kaiyo Utete Zimbabwe Female PhD
    Clement Nhunzvi Zimbabwe Male PhD
    Wubalem Fekadu Ethiopia Male PhD
    Rhulani Bheji Chauke Zimbabwe Female MPhil
    Richard Banda Malawi Male MPhil
    Dennis Chasweka Malawi Male MPhil
    Yuche Jacobs South Africa Male MPhil
    Claire van der Westhuizen South Africa Female Post Doc
    Leandri Hattingh South Africa Female MPhil

Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetic Training for Malaria Elimination in Sub-Saharan Africa (DELGEME)

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.
    1. Train, retain and develop graduates
    2. Develop programs to enhance the understanding and dissemination of genetic data relevant to malaria interventions and eradication programmes

    Some of its objectives are:

    Setup a fully fonctional DELGEME office in the lead Institution. The DELGEME office staff have now been completely recruited using a rigorous selection process.
    Activate DELGEME in all co-Applicants institutions.
    Devise operational procedures accross the Programme.
    Establish effective communication within the Programme and between the Programme and its partners, collaborators, funders and other stakeholders.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Bakary N'tji Diallo Mali Female Master
    Rita Afriiyie Boateng Ghana Female Master
    Sima Owono Gabon Male Master
    Coulibaly Aoua Mali Male PhD
    Amiah Ahou Mireille Cote d'Ivoire Female PhD
    Mulisa Delesa Damena Ethiopia Male PhD
    Tata Rolland Cameroon Female PhD
    Chebon Lorna Kenya Female PhD
    Elikplim Adzo Amegashie Ghana Female Master
    Martha Nginya Kivecu Kenya Female Master
    Okendo Javan Ochieng Kenya Male Master
    Brenda Makena Mugambi Kenya Female Master
    Deriba Abera Beyene Ethiopia Female Master
    Ramata Mariko Mali Female Master
    Catherine Bakari Tanzania Female Master
    Esoh Kum Kevin Cameroon Male Master
    Moussa Djimde Mali Male Master
    Assetou Diarra Mali Female Master
    Ehouni N'da Cote d'Ivoire Male Master
    Sekou Sissoko Mali Male Intern
    Eric Mensah Ghana Male Intern
    Hamsalu Nagasa Ebisa Ethiopia Male Intern
    James L.Myers-Hansen Ghana Male Intern
    Philomena Asor Namaali Ghana Female Intern
    Karim Mane Gambia Male Intern
    Marcel Juma Nyabute Kenya Male Intern
    Clement Clementina Tanzania Female Intern
    Akpa Paterne Gnagne Cote d'Ivoire Male Intern
    Abibatou Cote d'Ivoire South Africa Female Intern
  • Infrastructure and Equipment
    Name of infrastructure or equipment Type
    DELGME Head Office Construction Infrastructure (including contributions to building, renovations to office space)

Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDEAL)

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    The overall goals of the African Mental Health research Initiative (AMARI) are to build an African-led network of MNS researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries, and to establish a sustainable career pipeline for these researched with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.


    Some of its objectives are:

    Select and train MNS research fellows from a range of disciplines at masters (n=25), PhD (n=20) and post - doctoral (n=6) levels in research excellence.
    Build leadership skills of 26 fellows through adaptation of KCL Career Development Series on Leadership, Management and Mentoring.
    Design and test an advocacy and systems change strategy for each country, aimed at building sustainable career pathways in MNS academia.
    Develop a web based support platform for training, supervision and networking.

  • Research Dissemination and publications
    Type of communication Number of activities Website
    Munge K, Mulupi S, and Chuma J (2016) Strategic purchasing for Universal Health Coverage: Private health insurance schemes in Kenya. RESYST research brief. 1 Link to research brief
    Munge K, Mulupi S, and Chuma J (2016) Strategic purchasing for Universal Health Coverage: Community based health insurance schemes in Kenya. RESYST research brief. 1 Link to research brief
    Advisory meeting on the Nairobi Health Services that Deliver for New-born study (HSD-N). Attendees include: Prof. Mike English - Supervising 2 PhDs and 1 early postdoc fellow 1 Link to brief
  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Kassahun Habtamu Ethiopia Female Post Doc
    Primrose Nyamayaro Zimbambwe Female PhD
    Michael Udedi Malawi Male PhD
    Mekdes Demissie Ethiopia Female PhD
    Malinda Kaiyo Utete Zimbabwe Female PhD
    Clement Nhunzvi Zimbabwe Male PhD
    Wubalem Fekadu Ethiopia Male PhD
    Rhulani Bheji Chauke Zimbabwe Female MPhil
    Richard Banda Malawi Male MPhil
    Dennis Chasweka Malawi Male MPhil
    Yuche Jacobs South Africa Male MPhil
    Claire van der Westhuizen South Africa Female Post Doc
    Leandri Hattingh South Africa Female MPhil
  • Partner Institutes
    • Pwani University Kenya
    • Busitema University, Faculty of Health
    • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
    • Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies
    • University of Warwick.

Makerere University –UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection and Immunity research and training (MUII-plus)

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    Our goal as the Makerere University –UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection and Immunity research and training (MUII-plus) strategy is to drive Infection and Immunity (I&I) science in Uganda by bringing together scientists from the foremost health research institute (the Uganda Virus Research Institute, UVRI), and foremost university (Makerere), with their world-class, external collaborators, to support excellence in I&I research and training.


    Some of its objectives are:

    Promote Africa-relevant I&I scientific excellence.
    Provide career training for African I&I research leaders.
    Utilise and enhance the UVRI-Makerere I&I research environment.
    Engage in outreach.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Grace Nabakooza Uganda Female Bioinformatics Masters Fellowship
    Alfred Sekagiri Uganda Male Bioinformatics Masters Fellowship
    Beatrice Robinah Nasangah Uganda Female Fast-Track Masters Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Lillian Namuli Uganda Female Fast-Track Masters Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Alex Kayongo Uganda Male Fast-Track Masters Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Emmanuella Driciru Uganda Male >PhD Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Stephen Tukwasibwe Uganda Male PhD Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Lois Bayiga Uganda Female PhD Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Moses Egesa Uganda Male Wellcome TRust Uganda PhD Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Gwapa Simon Kimuda Uganda Male Wellcome TRust Uganda PhD Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Irene Andia Biraro Uganda Female Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    John Mulindwa Kitayimbwa Uganda Male Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    David Patrick Kateete Uganda Male Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Charles Drago Kato Uganda Male Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infection and Immunity
    Dennis Muhanguzi Uganda Male Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Infection and Immunity

Sub-Sahara Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB)

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    Sub-Sahara Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) is a consortium of African and Northern research institutions that aim to develop and improve biostatistical skills among researchers. It brings together academic faculties that can train biostatisticians to Masters and PhD levels for medical research in the region. Masters level training will provide the professional training and build a critical mass of biostatisticians required for medical research, and PhD training will develop research leadership in biostatistics.


    Some of its objectives are:

    Develop, strengthen and implement high quality biostatistics masters’ level training at the lead and partner institutions.
    Provide PhD level training to develop expertise, skills, and become research leaders in biostatistics in Africa
    Build a sustainable network of biostatisticians and researchers within each country, and internationally, through outreach, mentoring and skills transfer and
    Integrate meetings with IBS through SUSAN and National Statistical Societies.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Fiskani J. Kondowe Malawi Female MSC
    Nennie Lungu Malawi Male Msc
    Jessi Jane Khaki Malawi Female MSC
    Kamukhwala Gausi Malawi Male MSC
    Afra Nuwasiima Kenya Male MSC
    Kenneth Wambui Kenya Male MSC
    Justina Kaunda Malawi Female MSC
    Fridah Mwingirwa Kenya Female MSC
    Glory Chidumwa Zimbabwe Male MSC
    Godfrey Settebe Tanzania Male MSC
    Ola Johanpour Tanzania Male MSC
    Amani Lupenza Tanzania Male MSC
    Nathaniel Kalengo Tanzania Male MSC
    Banele Mdakale South Africa Male MSC
    Lindokhule Gabela South Africa Male MSC
    Masford Bansa Namibia Male PHD
    Zvifadzo Matsena Zingoni Zimbabwe Female PhD
    Elvis Karanja Kenya Male PhD
    Paul Gatabazi Rwanda Male PhD
    Jesca Mercy Batidzirai Zimbabwe Female PhD
    Melkamu Dedefo Gishu Ethopia Male PhD
  • Partner Institutes
    • CARTA
    • Makerere University
    • University of Malawi
    • University of Kinshasa
  • Infrasctructrue And Equipment
    Name of infrastructure or equipment Type
    IT Equipemnt Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Data Projector Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Polyprinter Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Biostatics Software Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)

Sub-saharan African Network For Tb/hiv Research Excellence

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    Main Objectives:

    Expand on a cutting edge HIV and TB research programme that includes basic, clinical and translational research.
    Foster an innovative training and capacity building programme, to develop knowledge and skills for the next generation of African researchers across all institutional partner sites.
    Facilitate 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.
    Create a programme for clinical studies and community engagement to ensure meaningful translational research and public health and community impact.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Tshepiso Mbagiwa Botswana Female Masters
    Leabaneng Tawe Botswana Male Masters
    Tuelo Mogashoa Botswana Female Masters
    Mompati Mogwele Botswana Male Masters
    Azaraa Ahmed Kenya Female Masters
    Emile Tuyishime Rwanda Male Graduate Intern
    Ngao Sichale Zambia Female Masters
    Doty Achieng Kenya Female PhD
    Funshow Japhet Nigeria Male PhD
    Lerato Mtshali South Africa Female PhD
    Prisca Thami Botswana Female PhD
    Lucy Mupfumi Zimbabwe Female PhD
    Kaelo Seatla South Africa Female MPhil
    Kesaobaka Molebatsi Botswana Male PhD
    Makobu Kimani Kenya Male PhD
    Clara Agutu Kenya Female PhD
    Marcel Tongo Cameroon Male Post-doctoral

WACCBIP-Wellcome Trust DELTAS

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    Some of its objectives are:

    Develop the first graduate and professional Human Genetics programme in Ghana, which will complement our existing pathogen biology research training. This programme will provide a structured research training platform to synergize with existing genetics training programmes led by the H3Africa network.
    Develop a post-doctoral programme to help keep newly qualified PhDs in Africa and attract scientists who have completed their PhDs abroad to return home. These postdoctoral fellows will conduct supervised research at WACCBIP and its regional partner institutions.
    Strengthen our co-supervisor system through a Student Visitor programme, so that PhD students and postdocs will be funded for six-month visits to the laboratories of cosupervisors in the UK or USA to hone their research skills.
    Strengthen the mentoring system so each postdoctoral and PhD trainee will have a local mentor and access to advice from a UK or US scientist.

  • Research Dissemination and interaction with the media

    Research Dissemination and interaction with the media

    Type of communication Number of activities Website
    Website 1 Deltas Postdoctoaral Fellowships
    Conference Poster/Presentation 1 Waccabip Research Conference 2016
    Social Media [Facebook, Twitter] 1 Twitter Facebook
  • Partner Institutes
  • Infrasctructrue And Equipment
    Name of infrastructure or equipment Type
    Centrifuge Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Blitz system: BLItz® Protein analysis system Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Micro centrifuge Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Carl Zeiss Axiovert A1 Inverted microscope with axiocam camera and accessoriesL Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    Magpix xponent 4.2 system and accessories Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
    OHAUS PH meter - ST2100-F Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware)
  • Research and Capacity Building

    Cohort of Fellows

    Name Nationality Gender Title
    Dr. Kolapo Oyebola Nigeria Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Modibo Sangare Mali Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Seidina A. S. Diakite Mali Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Valentina Josiane Ngo Bitongui Cameroon Female WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Daniel Muthui Kiboi Kenya Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Clement Nhunzvi Zimbabwe Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Dr. Emmanuel Amlabu Nigeria Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS postdoctoral fellowship
    Mbye Haddijatou Gambia Female WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Majidah Hamid-Bukola Adiamoh Nigeria Female WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Samuel Mawuli Ghana Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Dominic Selorm Yao Amuzu Ghana Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Arnaud Jonas Cameroon Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Nancy Kemuma Kenya Female WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Beatrice Mukami Muriuki Kenya Female WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship
    Karamoko Niare Mali Male WACCBIP Wellcome Trust DELTAS PhD fellowship

African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence

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  • Summary of Programme Objectives.

    The overall goals of the African Mental Health research Initiative (AMARI) are to build an African-led network of MNS researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries, and to establish a sustainable career pipeline for these researched with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.


    Some of its objectives are:

    Select and train MNS research fellows from a range of disciplines at masters (n=25), PhD (n=20) and post - doctoral (n=6) levels in research excellence.
    Build leadership skills of 26 fellows through adaptation of KCL Career Development Series on Leadership, Management and Mentoring.
    Design and test an advocacy and systems change strategy for each country, aimed at building sustainable career pathways in MNS academia.
    Develop a web based support platform for training, supervision and networking.

  • Research and Capacity Building

    Research Dissemination and interaction with the media

    Type of communication Number of activities Website
    Press Release 1
    Web-site 1 (each TTP have a specific box)
  • Infrasctructrue And Equipment
    Name of infrastructure or equipment Type Description
    Computer Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware) Dell Optiplex 7020
    Laboratory thermometers -4 Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware) Ecan Dell E Series 21"
    Micro centrifuge Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware) PC Apple imac
    Real-Time PCR –HRM System, 96-well, 0.2 mL Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware) PC Apple imac
    Tissue lyser/ disruptor Equipment (including laboratory equipment, IT equipment, IT software and hardware) DEll Optiplex et moniteur

Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (Carta)

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Malaria Research Capacity Development in West and Central Africa

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Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (Thrive)

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