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Dr. Jesse Gitaka, a lecturer and research fellow at Mount Kenya University is a recipient of the Grand Challenges Africa seed grant. A medical doctor with specialist training in Tropical Medicine and Infectious diseases...

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Studying the genetic diversity of disease influencing genes in malaria parasites





The SFA Foundation takes a holistic approach to science. Our programmatic initiatives are crafted to cater to the entire science ecosystem and span across the value chain from early discovery sciences to translation sciences and targeted cross-cutting gaps.

Leadership and Excellence in Science

The work in this portfolio contributes to the dual aim of: a) developing global science leaders recognized for their contributions to addressing emerging challenges and opportunities in their communities; and b) supporting the production of excellent science outputs.

Science-based Products 

The work in this portfolio incorporates outputs that contribute to moving early phase discoveries through the entire research value chain, from proof of concept to translation, and eventually making products available to policy-makers and practitioners in order to save lives and support the livelihoods of communities.

Science Solutions for Emerging Global Priorities 

The work in this portfolio focuses on developing robust strategies to address emerging science priorities that are critical beyond just Africa. It will require the exploration, definition and design of impactful research-centric interventions that will effectively drive progress in the identified priority areas, and position SFA Foundation as a key global player.

Science Knowledge in Society 

The work in this portfolio is about making knowledge widely available through the interaction / engagement of science and society in order to optimize for impact. It is focused on positively influencing science institutions and stakeholders that are not part of core research projects but play a key role in strengthening research environments and in the uptake of science knowledge, products and policies. This work includes engaging non-science publics in shaping the science agenda by considering and incorporating local, national and regional priorities into every stage of the research and innovation process.



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