1. Why India & Africa need aligned health research strategies
By Shahid Jameel, Tom Kariuki and Simon Kay
Africa and India should learn from each other on research capacity, programmes, translation
Read more in Nature India
2. Challenges and opportunities for chemistry in Africa
Chemistry education and research in Africa is challenging —a fact that is clearly reflected in publication metrics. Yet this is far from the full story on a continent that has youth on its side, a cultural link and chemistry through its strong interest in plants and indigenous medicine, and an increasing number of ways forward.
Read more in Nature
3. Why it’s time African researchers stopped working in silos
By Tom Kariuki
Africa must take the initiative to lead its science and developmental agenda even as it receives global support. Collaboration will amalgamate different voices and ideas to promote and conduct research relevant to the continent’s needs
Read more in The Conversation Africa
4. Intra-African collaboration is key to global health and local wellbeing
Pooling human resources and providing people with career opportunities is important. PhD supervisors in Africa are a scarce commodity, and institutions must pull together to train future scientists. Otherwise, Africa will continue losing 20,000 professionals every year to developed countries.
Read more in the Financial Times
5. How African can close its continent-wide science funding gap
By Kevin Marsh
African science needs billions – not millions – of dollars in investment. If the continent wants to achieve even the world average for the number of researchers per head of population, it will need to rapidly train one million new PhDs.
Read more in The Conversation Africa
6. Africa in transition: the case of malaria
One of the most dramatic ongoing transitions in health in Africa is what is happening with malaria.
Read more in International Health
7. Africa needs to fund and support its scientists
By Tom Kariuki and Evelyn Gitau
It is important for governments and businesses to fund innovation so that innovators can
continue to search for solutions to Africa’s problems.
Read more in the Daily Nation
8. Africa’s innovators for Africa’s challenges
By Tom Kariuki and Steven Buchsbaum
Grand Challenges Africa is a partnership among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). There are times when partnerships are just funding arrangements, but this one represents something more—deeply shared values and a joint understanding of how progress is made.
Read more in the Impatient Optimist
9. Africa produces just 1.1% of global scientific knowledge - but change is coming
AESA (the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa), of which I am the director, has been founded by the African Academy of Sciences and the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development as a body that will award research grants to African universities, advise them on financial best practice and develop a science strategy for Africa. Our vision is to make research an attractive, recognised career option in Africa, creating scientists who stay in the continent and can win their own grants to address local problems.
Read more in The Guardian
10. African governments must urgently invest in science and research
Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius and AAS Fellow Africa will continue to be held back if we do not immediately invest in research and development.
11. Africa’s future depends on its scientists. Time to stop the brain drain
By Tom Kariuki, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ibrahim Mayaki
Africa’s future lies in the hands of its scientists. From urbanisation to agriculture, climate change to pandemics, Africa needs science, technology and innovation (STI) to secure a prosperous and sustainable future.
Read More on the World Economic Forum website
12 How a gene test can solve side effects linked to ARV drugs in Africa
By Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Nick Hurd
We want to end extreme poverty.
If you’re reading this, we’re pretty sure that you do as well. You will probably already know about the enormous progress being made – that between 1990 and 2015, the global under-five death rate, the malaria death rate, and the number of people living in extreme poverty all halved.
Read More in The Guardian