Project Sponsor


CARTA is a consortium of eight African-partner universities, four research institutions, and nine non-African partner institutions jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa.

The Mission

CARTA mission is to create and sustain African research-intensive universities that prioritize maintenance of a pipeline of high-quality multidisciplinary early career researchers (ECRs) in public and population health in the SSA region.

Our Funding

CARTA is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (Grant No–B 8606.R02), Sida (Grant No:54100113), Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC), the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the DELTAS Africa Initiative (Grant No:107768/Z/15/Z).

Dr Boladale Mapayi

Dr Boladale Mapayi (principal investigator) is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and a consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologist at the OAU Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife, Nigeria. She had her MBChB degree (2001), M Clin Psychol degree (2012) and PhD (2017) from OAU, Ile Ife. Her core research interests have been in the areas of women’s and Adolescent mental health, sexuality and gender-based violence and she has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. She brings in her extensive skills in research methodology and interaction with survivors, vulnerable and abused populations.

She has received and executed a number of research and training grants. She has over 40 articles in peer-review journals.

She has participated in the development and reviews of multiple national and international technical reports and in several agenda-setting initiatives concerning gender, sexual minorities, sexual violence, adolescents and young people. She has coordinated and facilitated several training programs on adolescents and young people.

Prof Morenike Ukpong

Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan is a Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State Nigeria. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and another in Education Administration and Leadership.

She also holds the Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons.  She belongs to various professional organization, has bagged several travel scholarships, and has been a beneficiary of multiple research and project grants. She has served as Consultant to multiple national and internationally organisations, and in editorial capacity for many high impact factor health related journals. She is a member of multiple research groups, has authored and edited more than 15 books and book chapters and over 250 journal articles. She has an excellent track record of working with the community for the community to amplify the voices of stigmatized, key and vulnerable populations. Her most recent work is exploring the integration of oral, mental, sexual and reproductive health for adolescents.

Prof Morenike Ukpong (Institutional Mentor) is a renowned researcher who is meticulous about methodology. Her advanced skills in methodology will serve the project well. She has worked with sexual minorities and understands the importance of disaggregating data to dissect intersectionality in SH, sex, gender and sexual orientation.

Prof Abigail Harrison

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Prof Abigail Harrison (External Mentor) is a Professor in the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Brown University, USA. Her research focuses on gender inequality and empowerment, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa. She conducts interdisciplinary social science research, emphasizing qualitative methods and community-based participatory approaches. The project will benefit from her wealth of experience in the field of gender-based violence.

Dr Ibidun Oloniniyi

Dr Ibidunni Oloniniyi is a lecturer and consultant psychiatrist at the Obafemi Awolowo University and its teaching hospital in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

She is a Johnson & Johnson scholarship award recipient with which she pursued her MSc in Global Mental Health at King’s College London, London, UK.

Her research interests include women’s mental health, burden of mental illness and psychosis.

Dr Kunle Oginni

Dr Kunle Oginni is a lecturer and a consultant Psychiatrist. He recently completed his Doctorate studies at Kings College London. He has expertise in research into the mental health needs of sexual minorities and advanced statistical methods. He will bring these skills to bear in the analyses of the quantitative data and interpreting results from data involving sexual minorities.

Dr Funmito Fehintola

Dr Funmito Fehintola is a Cohort 9 CARTA fellow in the department of Community Health. She is at the thesis and manuscript writing stage of her doctoral research. She has attended 3 JASes and will bring the skills gained to bear on the data collection and analysis. She will also gain insights and collaborations that will undoubtedly help her in manuscript writing and would be useful for the completion of her PhD Program.