WAAVP African Foundation

Established in 1997, the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology African Foundation (WAAVP AF) has become a successful endowment which awards travel scholarships to Next Generation (NG) African veterinary parasitologists to present their research findings at WAAVP Biennial Conferences. The WAAVP AF goals are threefold: to support deserving awardees ready to present their research to an international audience, to develop global networks, and to bring positive recognition to their institutions, countries and academic fields. The WAAVP AF Committee oversees a successful financial investment and biennially invites over 100 global stakeholders to assist with recruitment from Africa.

To date, 222 NG veterinary parasitologists from 25 African countries submitted applications; and 102 from 17 countries have been awarded scholarships to present their research findings at 12 WAAVP conferences in Europe, Asia, South America, North America, Australia, and New Zealand throughout 1999-2021.

Two groups of NG veterinary parasitologists sponsored by the WAAVP African Foundation presented their research at the WAAVP 2021 Dublin Conference in Ireland and the WAAVP 2019 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, USA and their experiences are shared below:

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2023 Chennai, India

2021 Dublin, Ireland

2021 Madison, WI, USA

2021: 28th International WAAVP Conference (Dublin, Ireland)

Eleven applications were received and reviewed. Eight scholarships were awarded and accepted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this conference was entirely online. Awards were registration fees (175€) and paid in full for each awardee. The awardees were:

Sonia Maria de Santana Afonso (Mozambique)

Edna Filipa Xavier Guinda (Mozambique)

Mohamed Abd El-Moghni Ramadan Helal (Egypt)

 

Keneth Iceland Kasozi (Uganda)

Khalid Mohammedsalih (Sudan)

Othman Juma Othman (Tanzania)

 

Achille Sougrinoma Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)

Safa Amaria (Tunisia)

 

2019: 27th International WAAVP Conference (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

Twelve applications were received; 12 were complete and eligible for consideration. Nine scholarships were awarded, and eight accepted. Each award included return airfare (averaged US$ 2,000) totaling US$ 18,000 (ZAR 258,300) between Africa and USA. The awardees were:

Rebecca Ackermann (South Africa)

Yosra Amdouni (Tunisia)

Abiodun Joseph Fatoba (Nigeria)

 

Donald Mukolwe Lubembe (Kenya)

Terry Nzeakor (Nigeria) declined award

Marliese Truter (South Africa)

 

Achille Sougrinoma Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)

Whatmore Munetsi Tagwireyi (Zimbabwe)

 

2017: 26th International WAAVP Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Thirty-five applications were received; 32 were complete and eligible for consideration. Seven scholarships were awarded, and five accepted. Each award included return airfare (averaged US$ 892) totaling US$ 4,462 (ZAR 60,503) between Africa and Kuala Lumpur. The awardees were:

S Amairia (Tunisia)

A Kolo (Nigeria)

 

K Mohammedsalih (Sudan)

A Shabangu (South Africa)

 

H Taddele (Ethiopia)

 

2015: 25th International WAAVP Conference (Liverpool, UK)

Nineteen applications were received, complete and eligible for consideration. Eight scholarships were awarded, and seven accepted. Each award included return airfare (averaged US$ 1,382) totaling US$ 9,219 (ZAR 110,417) between Africa and Liverpool. The awardees were:

O Adenubi (South Africa)

S Adetunji (Nigeria)

M Ahmed (Sudan)

 

C Byaruhanga (Uganda)

A Hassan (Somalia)

 

I Idika (Nigeria)

Z Khumalo (South Africa)

 

2013: 24th International WAAVP Conference (Perth, Australia)

Twenty-nine applications were received; 23 of these were complete and eligible for consideration. Eight scholarships were awarded. Each award included return airfare (average of US$ 2,081) totaling US$ 16,653 (ZAR 164,871) between Africa and Perth. The awardees were:

HW Chege (Kenya)

CN Choopa (Zambia)

M Getachew (Ethiopia)

 

LH Kutima (Kenya)

AO Majekodunmi (Nigeria)

I Malele (Tanzania)

 

KJ McHugh (South Africa)

M Opara (Nigeria)

 

2011: 23rd International WAAVP Conference (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Four applications were received and awarded. Each award included airfare (average of US$ 1,804) and registration fee (US$ 838) totaling US$ 10,569 (ZAR 73,983). The awardees were:

M Amri (Algeria)

AM Bosman (South Africa)

 

C Chitenga (Zambia)

A Spickett (South Africa)

 

2009: 22nd International WAAVP Conference (Calgary, Canada)

Twenty-one applications were received; two additional requests were received late and therefore not considered. Ten applicants were awarded. Each award included airfare (up to US$ 2,000), and the registration fee was waived. Awards totaled US$ 20,000 (ZAR 140,000). The awardees were:

M Amri (Algeria)

S Biryomumaisho (Uganda)

M Chaisi (South Africa)

A-Razek Desouky (Egypt)

 

H Golezardy (South Africa)

K Hadfield (South Africa)

AO Majekodunmi (Nigeria)

R Nkuna (South Africa)

 

S Ali Ragab (Sudan)

A Spickett (South Africa)

 

2007: 21st International WAAVP Conference (Ghent, Belgium)

Nine applications were received by the deadline; two additional applications were received late and therefore not considered. Nine applicants were awarded but one withdrew. Each award included airfare (US$ 1,600), registration (US$ 534) and accommodation (US$ 300). Awards totaled US$ 20,000 (ZAR 140,000). The awardees were:

R Bhoora (South Africa)

C Cook (South Africa)

J Githiori (Kenya)

 

TP Matjila (South Africa)

M Oosthuizen (South Africa)

K Sibeko (South Africa)

OA Sowemimo (Nigeria)

A Vatta (South Africa)

 

2005: 20th International WAAVP Conference (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Six applications were received by the deadline; two additional applications were received late and therefore not considered, and one withdrew. Five applicants were awarded US$ 1,000, totaling US$ 5,000 (ZAR 31,500):

JB Githiori (Kenya)

M Hlatshwayo (South Africa)

 

L McGaw (South Africa)

A Vatta (South Africa)

 

2003: 19th International WAAVP Conference (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Twelve applications were received, ten recommended for individual awards of US$ 500 and nine accepted and attended. This totaled US$ 5,000 (ZAR 37,000) and was awarded to:

S Gabriel (Zambia)

JB Githiori (Kenya)

M Hlatshwayo (South Africa)

H Magwisha (Tanzania)

 

TP Matjila (South Africa)

J Mugambi (Kenya)

N Ngowi (Tanzania)

A Phiri (Zambia)

 

CS Sikasunge (Zambia)

W Wycliffe (Kenya)

 

2001: 18th International WAAVP Conference (Stresa, Italy)

Twenty-one applications were received, and ten candidates were awarded a total amount of US$ 5,500 (ZAR 33,000). The eight awardees were:

A Atanasia (Mozambique)

JB Githiori (Kenya)

LK Kagaruki (Tanzania)

 

TP Matjila (South Africa)

S Matthee (South Africa)

J Mugambi (Kenya)

 

A Njue (Kenya)

A Vatta (South Africa)

 

1999: 17th International WAAVP Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Forty applications were received. The individual amount awarded was US$ 1,323 (ZAR 9,263), and the following seven candidates were awarded scholarships:

SF Ali (Sudan)

D Faye (The Gambia)

A Kamore (Sierra Leone)

 

S Matthee (South Africa)

JM Nginyi (Kenya)

 

RW Watson (South Africa)

RK Rugatt (Kenya)

 

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The World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) is a not-for-profit organization for scientists who study the parasites of non-human animals, encompassing helminthology, protozoology and entomology. WAAVP membership is open to veterinarians and others who are actively interested in the advancement of veterinary parasitology, anywhere in the world. Members receive a newsletter twice a year and members are welcome, and encouraged, to contribute to this. The Association gathers at a biennial scientific conference.

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