African Studies scholarship awardees published in The New England Journal of Medicine

The African Studies Program would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Daniel Yilma, MD, and Alemseged Abdissa, PhD, of Jimma University in Ethiopia for their work on an important study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Drs. Yilma and Abdissa have served as essential representatives for UW-Madison’s burgeoning global health partnership with the Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology at Jimma University. ASP was proud to provide funding through the 2017 African Studies International Collaborator Travel Grant for their research-oriented campus visit hosted by Drs. Dawd Siraj and Nasia Safdar of the UW-Madison Department of Medicine.

The study, an almost five-year-long effort with collaborators around the globe, found the antimalarial drug Krintafel to be effective in preventing relapse of malaria in adults. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Krintafel for use in the United States this past summer.

If you’d like to learn more about the continuing collaboration between UW-Madison and Jimma University, contact Dr. Siraj ( or Dr. Safdar (


The African Studies International Collaborator Travel Grant allows selected Madison faculty, academic staff, and staff scientists to host collaborators from Africa for short term visits. The application deadline for the 2019 Travel Grant is February 15, 11:59pm.