Afrika-Festival Tübingen 2015

The Afrika-Festival Tübingen 2015 has started!

The Programme Onchocercoses team presents its activities in the ‘Cameroon village’. 19 pagode tents are grouped together to represent Cameroon, which shall be the country in focus of this year’s festival.

Start of the Festival on Thursday: Situated close o the ntrance of the ‘Cameroon Village’, our tent shall be the first to be seen by the visitors when they enter the village. However and unfortunately, the guests from Cameroon had not received their visa in time!! The German Embassy in Yaounde had not benn capable to grant them the visa necessary for travel to Germany. This was true as well for the guests of the festival as for our four students from Cameroon, which we had invited. These students from the universities of Ngaoundéré and Bamenda should have participated in the presentation of the Programme Onchocercoases project. Then, starting on Monday, they were expected to participate in a two wekks workshop on new molecular techniques in medical entomology, held by Albert Eisenbarth and Babette Guimbang.

On Friday, the Africa-Business-Meeting and Embasadors Talk to place in a large tent on the festival. Mr. Otto Erbe, head of the Industrie und Handelskammer welcommed the guests and introduced the speakers. After the talk, his Excellency Jean-Marc Mpay, Embasssador of Cameroon to Germany and his wife visited the Programme Onchocercoses presentation. They highly appreciated the work done in collaboration with IRAD and the universities of Bamenda and Ngaoundéré and had a long talk with Ms Babette Guimbang, who recently had received a teach-at-tübingen grant.

On Friday evening, a heavy thunder-storm went over the festival and forced the visitors to refugee under the tents.

On Saturday however, a very heavy storm sadly forced us to finish our exhibition. Many tents were destroyed.

In summary, we had a strong and interesting presentation at the festival, which this year was extremely well prepared by the organisors. Unfortunately, the Cameroon Village was left deserted because of the problems in obtaining the visa for the representatives of Cameroon.

More pictures from the festival on the homepage of the local newspaper:,1_mmid,5797.html#454092

Alfons Renz

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Substantial Grant received by the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung BW-Plus!

We are more than happy to announce that the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung is going to support the strategic partnership of the University of Tübingen with Cameroonian Partners from the University of Bamenda, University of Ngaoundéré and the Institute for Agricultural Research (IRAD) in Yaoundé!

This grant shall allow the exchange of students, organization of workshops in Tübingen and Cameroon and presentation of our collaboration the the Afrika-Festival and Business-Meetings in Tübingen!


Teaching grant for Babette Abanda Guimbang!

Within the Initiative for Excellency of our university, young lecturers from foreign academic institutions are invited to teach in Tübingen. Ms Babette Abanda Guimbang from the University of Ngaoundére is amost those selected to teach at the faculty of natural sciences.

During the summer semester 2015 she shall share with us her knowledge on the epidemiology and control of human and cattle parasites in Africa. Moreover she shall participate in lectures on the vectorbiology and control of Neglegted Tropical Diseases and organize a seminar on the particular aspects of those parasitic diseases endemic in Cameroon. Together with Albert Eisenbarth, she shall prepare a practical on laboratory methods of molecular tools of vector and parasite identifications. She shall also prepare a group of students from the Tübingen university to participate in an excursion to Cameroon in summer 2015, soon after the end of the semester.

Congratulations for this new grant!

Congratulations for this new grant!

BMZ-GIZ Meeting Berlin: Chancenkontinent Afrika


“Chancen gemeinsam nutzen” – To take advantage of chances together: This was the theme of a meeting of the German Ministry of Cooperation (BMZ) and GIZ held in Berlin on September 12th, 2014. More than 100 delegates from African and German organizations met with the minister Gerd Müller, the states secretary Dr. Günther Nooke, heads of states and ministers from a number of African states. Threediscussion  panels adressed matters concerning education, regional integration and management of crises. Read more:


Photos of the meeting: See Gallery

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Cameroon-Excursion 2014

At the end of the summer semester in Tübingen, Alfons Renz and Albert Eisenbarth went back to Cameroon on the 29th of July, together with two students, cand. biol. Patrick Bürgel and Dipl. biol. Alexander Schinko.

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Lottie Duke is running the Bath Half Marathon for Sightsavers

Lottie Duke is running the 2014 Bath Half Marathon 2014 on 2nd March in aid of Sightsavers.

Lottie’s father, Brian was a Doctor of Tropical medicine and his vision was to eradicate the disease River Blindness, commonly found in Sub Saharan Africa and Central America, that results in loss of sight. Unfortunately, Brian passed away in 2006. Lottie is committed to supporting her Father’s work on River Blindness by supporting Sightsavers, an international organisation that work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.

Click on the link below to read more about Lottie and her cause..

Siisa-Paper accepted!

The recent finding of Albert Eisenbarth, that there are two genetically different  variants of Onchocerca ochengi (O. ochengi and O. siisa form) present in North Cameroon, has been accepted by Acta Tropica and is now being published: =>

Cameroonian student has begun her research stay in Tübingen.

Babette Abanda, a graduate student from the University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon, has arrived in Germany to learn molecular-genetic techniques at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Tübingen. There, in the laboratory of Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann, she is analying genetic data from the project’s own cattle herd which is naturally infected with different parasites, like filariae, intestinal helminths and trypanosomes. Her two-month long research stay is funded by a travel grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation.

PROMOS-Studienreise nach Kamerun: Jetzt auch auf Uni-Seite

The excursion of students from the Tübingen University to Cameroon has received financial support from PROMOS,  a grant from the DAAD, which is aimed at facilitating the motility and international experience of German students.  The report of our excursion is now available on the homepage of the Tübingen University:

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New Grants for Fieldtrips Received !

Albert EisenbarthPhD candidate Albert Eisenbarth receives two scholarship grants from the German Academic Exchange Program DAAD and the University of Tübingen, respectively, to continue his field studies on the epidemiology of filarial parasites in Northern Cameroon. With a total duration of 9 months he is going to study the life cycles of bovine filarial worms,  such as Onchocerca gutturosa, O. armillata and Setaria labiatopapillosa, and to discover more of the yet unknown filarial species in the game fauna roaming in Cameroons National parks.