It is high time for African scientists to boost research at the local level and start finding solutions to the region’s most pressing health problems.
This is according to South African science minister Naledi Pandor who, in a recent forum, argued that “African-led innovation should be applied to address African health needs.” Pando was speaking at the opening session of Forum 2012, a health research meeting held in South Africa, SciDev.Net says.
Carel Ijsselmuiden of the Switzerland-based Coalition on Health Research for Development supported this call. It is particularly important for Africa to work and compete in this sector given the changing international aid agenda and rise of emerging donors, Ijsselmuiden said.
Pandor, however, reminded that the goal should go beyond boosting Africa’s research capacity and knowledge base. Africa must also develop strategic mechanisms for turning research into innovative treatments applicable on the ground, he stressed.
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