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In 2006, the British Academy awarded a three-year grant to Ama de-Graft Aikins (University of Cambridge) and Daniel Kojo Arhinful (University of Ghana) to establish and facilitate a UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease. The grant was one of four awarded in the Academy’s first call for UK-Africa Academic partnerships (for more detail click here). The UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease has four goals:
  1. To integrate social and biomedical science research on chronic diseases of public health significance in Africa and for African communities in the UK through collaborative research between partners;
  2. To contribute to chronic disease policies in Africa by disseminating evidence-based research and intervention to policy makers;
  3. To offer postgraduate teaching, training and support in Africa and in the UK on Africa-centred chronic disease research, intervention and policy through teaching exchanges, research internships and co-publishing; and
  4. To disseminate partnership research and related activities to academic, health practitioner/policy and lay audiences through annual meetings, publications and public education projects.

The partnership is currently made up of 34 partners from institutions in the UK (14), the Netherlands (1), Ghana (12), Nigeria (3), Kenya (1) and Cameroon (3). Partners’ disciplines include anthropology, biological sciences (biochemistry, pharmacology), biomedicine (psychiatry, public health, epidemiology), geography, nutrition, linguistics, psychology (clinical, cognitive, social) and sociology/demography. Collectively partners have research expertise on asthma, cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, mental and neuro-degenerative disorders and sickle-cell disease.





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