First training for the 2024 cohort of the Countdown 2030 fellowship program (Fellows Analytical Training—FAT1 2024)

The Countdown 2030 for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (CD2030) has launched in 2024 a Fellowship Program to strengthen research and analytical capacities for monitoring and tracking the progress of life-saving interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) in CD2030 collaborating countries in Africa.

Every year, the program recruits about 10 fellows from the collaborating countries
through a competitive process. Through participation in APHRC short courses and engagements with global and regional experts in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), develop skills that allow them to carry out their research projects and contribute to the work done by their respective country team in the CD2030 Program.

The 12-month program includes two residential trainings (one-month stays each) and remote support and engagements. The first training for the 2024 cohort (Fellows Analytical Training—FAT1 2024) is taking place in Dakar, Senegal, from May 13 to June 05, 2024.

The objective of FAT1 is to provide fellows with analytical skills that allow them to undertake their research project, including refining their research questions, data analysis, and write-up of manuscripts on findings from their studies.
During the training, fellows will have the opportunity to interact directly with their CD2030 assigned facilitators to review their research plans and methods.

Expected outputs

At the end of the analytical workshop, each fellow will have:

  •  Finalized their research projects including analytical methods, products, and timelines.
  • Set up a plan for writing and publishing manuscripts on findings from their research project.
  • Started data analysis for their research projects-preliminary findings.
  • Acquired skills to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
  • Acquired relevant scientific writing skills and publishing tips.

During this 4 weeks training workshop, fellows will receive training and mentorship on various aspects of research (Global health issues, RMNCAH Coverage, Mortality analysis, Systematic review, Data analysis using Stata/R, Equity in Health, Geospatial Analysis, etc.).

The workshop will serve as a networking opportunity and that the networks created will strengthen future collaborations across regional, national, and disciplinary boundaries.