COMSTECH, NTD and AAU CDT-Africa Training Workshop on Leishmaniasis

Jointly Organized by

COMSTECH, A Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) and Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT) Africa, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Venue: Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Date: May 28 to 30, 2024


NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases) are a major health and economic burden in most low- and middle-income countries, including many OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) member states.  The control and elimination of NTDs require a scale-up and integration of global mass treatment programmes, along with new technologies and drugs to diagnose and treat these diseases. Growing cases of leishmaniasis around the globe, particularly in the African region, is a major health challenge, which needs to be addressed at various levels (Public awareness, primary health care, vector control, effective use of current treatments and development of new technologies and drugs). Unfortunately, to date no vaccine is available to treat leishmaniasis, therefore, capacity building to identify new drugs, and drug targets in parasites is the need of the time.

Training Outcomes:

  1. Young scientists will be trained on recent advances in NTD/ leishmaniasis diseases.
  2. Researchers from Ethiopia and other OIC- COMSTECH member states will interact with each other in the training.
  3. Multinational interactions will lead to the development of international collaborations, research possibilities and publications.

Practical session: The first 2 days will consist of lectures. These lectures can also be attended via zoom. This will be followed by a practical session of 1 day which will be conducted for a limited number of selected participants to transfer hands-on knowledge on evaluation of anti-leishmanial activity.

Who Should Attend?

Relevant to scientists interested in NTDs/ leishmaniasis research and specializing in Microbiology, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Medicine, Medicinal and Natural product Chemistry and Pathology.

Criteria for selection of participants:

COMSTECH/CDT Africa support will be available on merit. Participants should be less than 40 years of age. In case of students, their cGPA in relevant disciplines will be considered and extra weight will be given if they have publication. In the case of researchers/scientists, their publication record and abstracts will be considered.

Travel & Local Hospitality:

Travel and local hospitality related support is available for limited number of international participants. Self-funded / participants supported by their parent institutions are encouraged to apply.

Registration Process:

  1. For physical/ virtual participation : Click Here
  2. Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form along with your CV. Foreign participants must submit a scanned copy of passport. to the contact Person mention below
  3.  Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.

Contact Details

Ethiopia: Dr. Fozia Ali Adem, CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University,

Pakistan:  Ms. Khazima Muazim, Program Manager, COMSTECH,      

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