ACE II Project Launch in Nairobi

Joint Launch of the LUANAR’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish), and UNIMA-COM’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM)

1st March 2017, Bingu International Conference Centre

Joint Launch of the LUANAR’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish), and UNIMA-COM’s Africa Centre of Excellence for Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM)

1st March 2017, Bingu International Conference Centre

The Government of Malawi is pleased to launch two Africa Centers of Excellence with funding from the World Bank.

On 26th May 2016, the World Bank approved 24 Centres of Excellence in the Eastern and Southern Africa region including the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) – Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish); and University of Malawi (UNIMA), College of Medicine – African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM).

LUANAR’s AquaFish Centre, seeks to train a pool of skilled and innovative graduate students to contribute towards improved fish-based food and income from aquaculture and fisheries in Africa. The Centre will facilitate and promote scaling-up graduate training in Aquaculture and Fisheries, community action research, and strengthen linkages with the private sector in the region while increasing female and youth participation. The Centre will employ innovative, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary approaches to training, research and outreach on production, value addition and fisheries management, through strategic south-south and north-south partnerships with advanced knowledge institutions and other higher education stakeholders.

UNIMA’s ACEPHEM will train students at MSc and PhD level to conduct research in public health (concentrating on urban health, injuries and adolescent health) and in the identification of commonly used medicinal plants and quality assurance of herbal medicines used for the treatment of malaria, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, and non-communicable diseases. This approach will be anchored throughout by the strong public health team that will train a new generation of practitioners and professionals in public health. The center will contribute to the training, collaboration, academic and research outputs of Malawi and the region in public health and herbal medicine. This will be achieved

through: introduction of relevant academic programs; conducting and facilitating relevant research by faculty, students, industry; joint mentorship and collaborating research and value addition of product for industry.

The 1st of March 2017 has, therefore, been earmarked for a joint launch of these two Centres, AquaFish and ACEPHEM.

The event will take place at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe and the function is set to start at 09:00hrs and all invited Guests are expected to be seated by 8:30 am.
The Minister of Education Science and Technology Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano MP, will be the Guest of Honour. The function will draw both local and international participants. International participants will mainly come from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, United States of America and Zambia,

For more information, please contact:

Fanuel Lampiao, PhD.
Deputy Centre Leader (ACEPHEM),
Dean of Students,
College of Medicine,
P/Bag 360,
Blantyre, MALAWI.
Email: flampiao@medcol.mw
Cell: +265995482713

Daud KASSAM, PhD.
Deputy Director & PI (AquaFish),
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR),
P.O. Box 219,
Lilongwe, MALAWI.
Email: dkassam@bunda.luanar.mw
Tel: +265 (0) 999103246