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The IAE provides a formal means of gaining an association with and expressing commitment to IIDP, enabling a Fellow to engage actively with our researchers and to help our young upcoming scientists to engage with the global community.

A community of researchers

Membership of the IAE brings you into a network of committed researchers and health professionals. Membership depends not only on research profile and professional standing, but also on active participation, creating a vital and engaged group of like-minded people working in research laboratories, in field stations, in clinical settings and in communities. All our faculty and members understand the importance of cross-disciplinary thinking, adding an extra dimension to the partnership between our external collaborators, facilitators and mentors and  the IIDP staff on the ground in West Africa.

Sharing knowledge and expertise

IAE Fellows and Associates are selected for their knowledge, skills and their willingness to engage. IIDP Faculty and staff value greatly what they bring to our project. In turn, IIDP offers the opportunity to connect with our vital work in Public Health in the real-life setting of diseases of poverty in West Africa; to understand not only the challenges facing our communities, but also the challenges and the excitement of conducting relevant research in the West African setting.

Researchers of West African origin now working on other continents are especially welcome, bringing not only their acquired skills, but also their knowledge of other professional systems and settings and a commitment to their home communities.

Regional priorities for local communities

We are committed to conducting research that is relevant: to our communities, our nations, our region and our continent. We monitor closely the public health priorities identified by our ministries and local health professionals, as well as those highlighted by the international funding agencies. Most importantly, we need researchers committed to helping young African researchers reach their full potential to forge their own locally relevant research programmes.

Different settings, similar challenges

South-South networks can bring an extra dimension to knowledge exchange and collaboration, enabling researchers and health professionals to compare and contrast the challenges of infectious diseases in resource-poor regions in different parts of the globe.