H3Africa empowers African researchers to be competitive in genomic sciences, establishes and nurtures effective collaborations among African researchers on the African continent, and generates unique data that could be used to improve both African and global health.
There is currently a global effort to apply genomic science and associated technologies to further the understanding of health and disease in diverse populations. These efforts work to identify individuals and populations who are at risk for developing specific diseases, and to better understand underlying genetic and environmental contributions to that risk. Given the large amount of genetic diversity on the African continent, there exists an enormous opportunity to utilize such approaches to benefit African populations and to inform global health.
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium facilitates fundamental research into diseases on the African continent while also developing infrastructure, resources, training, and ethical guidelines to support a sustainable African research enterprise – led by African scientists, for the African people. The initiative consists of 51 African projects that include population-based genomic studies of common, non-communicable disorders such as heart and renal disease, as well as communicable diseases such as tuberculosis. These studies are led by African scientists and use genetic, clinical, and epidemiologic methods to identify hereditary and environmental contributions to health and disease. To establish a foundation for African scientists to continue this essential work into the future work, the consortium also supports many crucial capacity building elements, such as: ethical, legal, and social implications research; training and capacity building for bioinformatics; capacity for biobanking; and coordination and networking.

$176million

Overall monetary investment by NIH/Wellcome Trust

+500

Consortium Members

310

Study Coordinators/Community Engagement Representatives/Fellows Travel supported

201

Workshops/Themed meetings (H3Africa Only)

51

H3Africa Projects supported

+1026

Number of Workshop/Satellite meeting attendees - H3Africa Only

186

Number of BSc

1054

Number of members registered on the HtrainDB

432

Trainees

99408

Research Participants Recruited

30

African Countries involved

331

Number of members accessing the Digest on HtrainDB

2062

Number of Workshop/Satellite meeting attendees (Including H3ABioNet)

341

Number of PhD

263

H3Africa Publications

333

Number of MSc

53

Number of Workshops/Themed meetings (Including H3ABioNet)

ZivaHub news: GWAS Pipeline for H3Africa https://doi.org/10.25375/uct.14405990.v2 @UCT_Research @UCT_news @UCT_eResearch @UCTLibrary #OpenScience #OpenData #Genomics #GWAS 🖥️🧪🌡️🧬

The annual @H3ABioNet AGM/SAB meeting has just concluded, so proud of the progress from all the progress, and thankful to the SAB for their valuable input as we move into our final year of funding. Nice to "see" everyone again.

Since its launch in 2004, 770 women from 84 countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships for PhD & Post-Doctorate #STEM research programs. More info: http://bit.ly/FacultyFutureFellowship #WomenInSTEM

Systematic Review of Genomic Associations with Blood Pressure and Hypertension in populations with African-ancestry. 

Such an insightful and comprehensive article. Well done to Surina Singh and all co-authors based @SBIMB1 and beyond!

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgene.2021.699445/full

Read our blog on sharing genomic data across continents, challenges to scale up effort and make analysis available in different institutions.

https://www.cineca-project.eu/blog-all/cineca-sharing-patient-genomic-and-biomolecular-data-across-continents

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