Collaboration aims to strengthen support of African authors working in health research.

Health issues are one of Africa’s most pressing concerns. Fortunately, hard work is being performed to help meet these often critical needs. The Global Health and Education Projects (GHEP), a United States-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to tackling global health inequalities, is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Kano Independent Research Centre Trust (KIRCT), Nigeria. This partnership underscores GHEP’s commitment to supporting African authors in publishing health-related work and amplifying the global impact of its initiatives while working with like-minded global partners.

        Kano Independent Research Center Trust

Romuladus Azuine, Dr.PH., M.P.H., Executive Director of GHEP, emphasized the significance of this collaboration, stating, “Our partnership with Kano Independent Research Centre Trust marks a crucial step in our mission to bridge health disparities and promote global health equity through global health research.”

Established in 2013 by Pfizer Inc. for the Kano State Government in Nigeria, KIRCT specializes in biomedical and healthcare research, focusing on both communicable and non-communicable diseases in Nigeria and across the African continent.

Hamisu Salihu, M.D., Ph.D., the Director General of KIRCT, highlighted the comprehensive services offered by the center, including clinical services for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Measles, Hepatitis, Malaria, Asthma, Maternal and Child health, and more. KIRCT also provides a range of laboratory services, medical research, and training related to diagnostics, clinical trials for drugs/vaccines, and human capacity strengthening.

Dr. Salihu expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “This partnership with GHEP aligns with our mission of advancing healthcare research and addressing public health challenges in Africa. Together, we aim to make a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of communities.”

The collaboration between GHEP and KIRCT encompasses several vital objectives. KIRCT will serve as the Africa office for GHEP’s two prominent journals: The International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS (IJMA) and the International Journal of Translational Medical Research and Public Health (IJTMRPH).

The two organizations will co-sponsor publication scholarships to support African authors contributing to GHEP publications as part of this collaboration. Additionally, they will mentor researchers and institutions in Nigeria and other African countries, assisting in preparing high-quality articles suitable for publication in the journals. This includes support with study design, review, and technical writing for Nigerian researchers.

Gopal Singh, Ph.D., MSc., GHEP Journals Editor, remarked on the organization’s commitment to open-access publishing, stating, “The MOU with KIRCT is a significant milestone in GHEP’s mission to advance health equity. By providing avenues for researchers from developing countries to publish in reputable open-access journals, we are contributing to the global dissemination of valuable research.”

This collaboration reflects GHEP’s dedication to breaking intergenerational cycles of health and education disparities and socioeconomic adversities by facilitating access to opportunities and resources. For more information about GHEP and its impactful initiatives, please visit or email to:

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Romuladus E. Azuine, DrPH, MPH
Executive Director