In July, Ngocho’s patience paid off, as he became the first at KCMUCo, and just the third Tanzanian researcher, to earn an Emerging Global Leader grant (known as a K43) from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Awarded by NIH’s Fogarty International Center, the highly competitive career-development grants provide critical early-career funding for young investigators in low- and middle-income countries. Ngocho will use the funds to lead research on ways to curb the overuse of antibiotics in the treatment of respiratory infections in children under five.

But the award also marks a milestone for the Duke Global Health Institute, which has a long-running partnership with KCMUCo and its parent organization, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), to nurture promising young investigators such as Ngocho. An epidemiologist who has been working on DGHI projects in Moshi since 2013, Ngocho participated in a training program led by DGHI professor John Bartlett, M.D., to help junior faculty develop the skills to run their own research programs. It’s one of several NIH-funded training programs Bartlett has organized at KCMC over the past two decades. Read More