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International Women's Day 2021 Panel event

#ChooseToChallenge inequity in NTD research: why we need more African women in NTD research and what we can do about it

IWD 2021 Panel event
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The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA), Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), SCI Foundation (SCIF) and the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) are organising a webinar for International Women’s Day 2021, on the 8th of March, using this year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge. 

The webinar will be a panel discussion highlighting the importance of having women from Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) endemic countries working in, and leading, NTD research. While we know this is an important topic for all regions and disciplines, this webinar will focus on African women scientists. Our panel will consist of women scientists at different stages of their research careers, discussing the challenges and barriers for African women in NTD research & health, and hopefully highlighting some things that can be done by the NTD collective community to help remove/overcome these barriers.


We are delighted and honoured to welcome the following panelists:

Ms Mariam Otmani Del Barrio

Scientist Lead on Gender Research at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, TDR, Geneva, Switzerland

Prof Margaret Gyapong

Professor and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana 

Dr May Sule

Senior Research Associate in Water Quality, Climate and Health, at University of Oxford & Imperial College London, UK 

Dr Stella Kepha

Research Scientist at Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya 

Ms Chinenye Afonne

PhD student and TDR Fellow at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and Field Manager at the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Unit, IAMRAT, University of Ibadan, Nigeria 

Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela

Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland  

Please join us on March 8th 2021 at 13:00-14:00 UTC to celebrate International Women's Day 2021 and #ChooseToChallenge! 

For any assistance or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marianne Comparet (ISNTD) at

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