Webinar | #ChooseToChallenge inequity in NTD research

International Women's Day 8 March 2021 13:00-14:00 UCT

The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA), Coalition for Operation Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR NTD), SCI Foundation (SCIF) and the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) are excited to invite you to our webinar for International Women’s Day 2021, on the 8th of March, addressing 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 collective NTD 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 (WHO) 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!