Regina Esinam Abotsi wins 2019 Young Talent Award for Sub-Sahara Africa

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By Lorlornyofm December 10, 2019 19:49

Regina Esinam Abotsi wins 2019 Young Talent Award for Sub-Sahara Africa

Regina Esinam Abotsi wins 2019 Young Talent Award for Sub-Sahara Africa
Madam Regina Esinam Abotsi
By Caleb Kuleke, GNA

Ho, Dec. 10, GNA – Madam Regina Esinam Abotsi, Assistant Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), has received the 2019 Young Talent Award for Sub-Sahara Africa from the L’Oreal Foundation.

She was among 20 young women researchers selected for scientific excellence out of nearly 400 applications.

The Assistant Lecturer received the Award at a ceremony in Dakar, as part of the 10th edition of L’Oreal’s regional program For Women in Science.

Madam Abotsi who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Cape Town, was recognised for her work on, “Determining antibiotic resistance in potentially pathogenic bacteria present in the respiratory tract of HIV-infected children.”

The 20 women who came from 15 Sub-Sahara African countries, are made of computer scientists, engineers or biologists, and “prove the diversity and crucial role of women’s scientific research on the continent.”

They received financial support for their scientific work, with allocations of €10,000 for doctoral students and €15,000 for post-doctoral students and also benefited from a four-day training programme designed to give them more resources to pursue their careers.

The four-day training course, given by international experts selected by the L’Oréal Foundation, covered different dimensions-leadership, management, negotiation, public speaking, media training and personal branding.

Alexandra Palt, Executive Director of the L’Oréal Foundation said, “The number of women in Science is not yet significant: only 2.4 per cent[1] of the world’s researchers are African scientists, of whom 30 per cent are women.

“Through the Young Talent Award for Sub-Saharan Africa, we promote and support the continent’s remarkable female researchers. They play a key role to develop inclusive research in Africa, for Africa and conducted by Africans.”

The Foundation, which was established in 1998 and in partnership with UNESCO, aims at promoting women in the field of scientific research, where the glass ceiling remains a reality, and has over the past 21 years honoured 3,400 women researchers from 118 countries.

The Foundation and UNESCO have also supported 129 doctoral and post-doctoral students, who are contributing through their work to building the continent’s future through the regional Young Talents Sub-Saharan Africa programme.

It works for the benefit of women around the world, supporting them and enabling them to achieve their goals in two major areas that sit at the heart of the Group’s culture: scientific research and inclusive beauty.

The Foundation also provides access to beauty and wellbeing services in medical and social settings to help people suffering from physical, mental or social issues, and for patients who have undergone reconstructive surgery.

GNA

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